But maybe he was being prophetic. However, that will not be the case any longer as his opponent, Uriah Hall, failed to weigh in on Saturday morning.
The plan for the Brazilian fighting legend was that he was going to hang up the gloves after Sunday's fight so he can pursue a career on the business side of fighting and training. I think I did more than enough.
But with his hope for that one final fight dashed the day before it was set to take place, maybe there's a chance Belfort will hold off on the retirement so he can close his career when the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro in his home country of Brazil this summer.
"$10 million or more, to start the conversation", Belfort said.
UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Sunday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Belfort facing off against Hall was the co-headliner on the UFC St. Louis card Sunday night that's highlighted by the main event of Jeremy Stephens taking on Doohoo Choi in a featherweight bout.
"I think we got to know the time to start and I think we need to know the time to end".
On the other hand, despite the fact that Hall is not exactly a spring chicken at 33-years-old, he feels like a much fresher fighter at this stage in his career and still has a lot to prove in the sport, as the stigma that he's someone who hasn't lived up to his full potential remains. "I think life is about seasons. For me, it's a gift". If Belfort can bring The Phenom out just one more time, he may be able to ride off into the sunset by giving fans a throwback performance.
"Just fight the best I can - that's the only thing I want", Belfort said.
"Anyway, I will always train and dedicate myself". "Sometimes I flash back and say, 'Wow, I'm still doing this". It's impossible for all of us.
"Life is about seasons, and I think you got to know the seasons".
Belfort is still a unsafe fighter in short bursts, but these days he quickly slows down and shows clear indications of being past his best and having a weakened chin, as you might expect from someone who has spent over two decades in the cage.
"This is it breaking news", Belfort added.