Vitor Belfort decided he would accept the challenge that two former UFC champions would not. Belfort accepted a fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on September 22 at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort.
Prior to the fight announcement, Belfort had already started training with the Blackzilians in Florida. He has now pledged his allegiance to the camp, which includes former Jones foe and training partner Rashad Evans.
“I’ve been training with Rashad and Alistair (Overeem),” said Belfort, on UFC Tonight Tuesday. “I have different coaches here and I’m working with different teams, but I was looking for good training partners and I am having a blast. I am learning a lot. It is so good for me to learn; I feel so young.”
Belfort is working closely with Evans, who fought Jones to a decision loss earlier this year. “The Phenom” said, “Rashad has fought against Jones and has trained with him, so I am learning a lot.”
The decision to accept the fight with “Bones” with less than a month to train did not cause Belfort any issues, as he says he has been training his entire life.
“Some people say they need three months, four months, six months,” Belfort said. “When I was injured, I trained using other techniques. Some people say they need to get ready, I live ready. I am ready.”