UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will attempt to make a record-breaking (his own) eighth title defense against fellow Brazilian Vitor Belfort this February 5th at UFC 126. Having trained together in the past, Silva and Belfort possess intimate knowledge of each other’s respective abilities and a former striking trainer to them both, Luis Dorea, recently told Tatame that he believes it is Silva who holds the edge in this fight.
“I’ve trained Vitor, I like him, he has a privileged technical condition, but Anderson is on a better moment,” said Dorea. “He has fought five-round-fights many times and he’s technically pretty good too, he has the power on his hands. It’ll be the fight of the century, and the good thing is that both athletes are Brazilians. Vitor has a great technique, but Anderson’s a phenomenon. He can punch you walking forwards of backwards, when he’s defending himself or counter attacking. Vitor is talented on Boxing, but Anderson is better conditioned than him.”
Dorea continues to train Silva in Brazil, while Belfort is currently working out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, having recently parted ways with former coach Shawn Tompkins. Silva and Belfort will meet in “The Phenom’s” new backyard at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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