Vitor Belfort claims to know UFC middleweight king of Anderson Silva better than he knows himself. That’s why he’s so anxious to get a shot at the champ.
“I know his whole game,” Belfort recent told Rede TV. “I know his jiu jitsu game. I know his stand-up game. I know he likes spinning kicks and loves to use elbows, but if I put my hands on a man, he will fall down.”
After putting down former middleweight champ Rich Franklin in his Octagon return at UFC 103, Belfort and “The Spider” were set to tango for the title at UFC 112 but a shoulder injury forced the challenger to withdraw. Silva has successfully defended his belt twice since their meeting fell through, but Belfort knows the outcomes would have been different had he been the one inside the cage.
“If I hit him like Demian [Maia] and [Chael] Sonnen did, it’s going to be different because I have much more firepower,” he matter-of-factly stated. “Still, a fight is a fight, and we know we’re two well-conditioned champions. The most important thing is to be well-trained and focused on each second of that fight.
“I know Anderson knows that if my hands hit him, he will not be able to stand on his feet. No matter who’s on the other side of the cage, whether it’s Anderson or someone else, I’m going forward. If you look at my last fights, you’re going to see how focused I am.I have no doubt about what I want or what I’m able to do, so I’m very motivated.”