Brazilian-born Vitor Belfort has been a professional mixed martial arts fighter for a long, long time, making his debut in 1996 with a 12-second knockout of Jon Hess at Superbrawl 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Belfort?s next fight was with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, capturing the Heavyweight Tournament crown at UFC 12.

Belfort would eventually go on to win the UFC light heavyweight title, defeating Randy Couture at UFC 46, but his reign would be short, as he lost the title back to ?The Natural? at UFC 49.

Belfort?s time as a UFC champion lasted from January 31, 2004 to August 2004.

On Saturday, Belfort will get another shot at a UFC belt when he meets middleweight championAnderson Silva at UFC 126. Belfort is on a five-fight winning streak coming into the bout, but he has not fought since September 2009 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery to repair.

Belfort is almost philosophical when discussing how he chooses to live his life. ?I?m just a man who seeks God every day,? Belfort said during a recent media call. ?I don?t consider myself a smart guy. I just seek knowledge of God. I don?t consider myself a religious person because I think religion is a counterfeit for a relationship with God so, I love Jesus, so I try and have his character in my life and try and live with the principles that he taught and that?s it.?

How Belfort came to his current mindset is a harrowing tale.

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