Voorafgaand aan zijn wedstrijd tegen Johnson op UFC 142 spreekt Belfort openlijk over hoe hij de toekomst ziet van MMA.
I do believe UFC will surpass soccer as the number one sport in Brazil. It has everything in place – the stars, the athletes – to become the biggest sport in the world. I think it will overtake every sport in the world. People deny that, but I think it is already happening. The Junior dos Santos fight in November [against Cain Velaquez] had more Brazilian [TV viewers] than [a soccer match in] Brazil vs. Argentina.”