Vitor Belfort rebounded from his UFC 126 knockout loss to Anderson Silva this past weekend in dramatic fashion, taking out the very durable Yoshihiro Akiyama via first round knockout in the co-main event of UFC 133.
In vintage fashion, The Phenom blitzed Akiyama early and essentially battered him until the referee was forced to stop the bout. Belfort spoke about the Knockout of the Night winning performance with Karyn Bryant of MMA Heat.
“Every time you go into a fight you’ve got to be ready for the beginning and the last,” Belfort said. “I know the gifts that God gave me is the speed, the power, and like I say always, I wanna use the gift and the calling God gives me.”
Belfort explained that he wasn’t rushing the knockout, that he just stayed focused until the opportunity presented itself and then he jumped.
“I was ready. Every fight that I come, the plan is to stay sharp and smart and, at the right time, the knockout will come,” he said. “If you look for the knockout sometimes you get frustrated.”
As far as what he wants next, the 34-year-old reiterated his desire to face the winner of the upcoming title fight between champ Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami — a shot that UFC president Dana White has already said will have to wait awhile considering what happened last time Belfort vied for the belt.
“I want the winner of Okami and Anderson Silva,” he said. “That’s my choice and that’s my goal.”
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