V??tor Vieira Belfort (Portuguese pronunciation: [??vito? vi??ej? b?w??f??]; born April 1, 1977) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Belfort was born in Rio de Janeiro and studied jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family, namely Carlson Gracie. He is currently ranked as the #3 middleweight in the world by MMA Weekly.