MMA veteran and UFC middleweight contender Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort was recently announced to be taking on middleweight dark horse Yushin Okami in the main event of the upcoming UFC 122 event taking place in Germany. Belfort recently spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal to discuss his preparation for that match up and shed some light on his mindset leading into the bout as well.
The spiritual Brazilian fighter told the Review-Journal that he has plans for where he wants to end up and that he is preparing himself to deal with any obstacles that arise in his way.
“I’ve learned one thing in life. Everybody has a course. Everybody has a path. I know where I want to go, and I know I’m going to get there,” he said. “I know what I have to do to get there. The obstacles in the way, I don’t choose. God knows, my job is to get through them.”
“The Phenom,” who has been criticized for having at times a shaky mental state in fights, stated that he isn’t actually paying much attention to Okami right now and that his focus is currently internal.
“I’m not worried at all about him. I’m not worried about anyone besides myself,” said Belfort. “I’m worried about me and working on myself every day to get in the best condition, because I know when I’m in my best condition, I’m trouble.”
Belfort and Okami will square off in a title eliminator match to earn a shot at either UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva or Chael Sonnen, depending on the outcome of their impending rematch. The Belfort-Okami title eliminator bout will take place as the main event of UFC 122 which is scheduled to go down at the Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The event will air in the United States via tape delay on Spike TV.