Vitor Belfort is a former UFC champion, so he knows what it means to hold a title in the top MMA promotion in the world. Later this month, “The Phenom” will get another chance to wear gold when he meets UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort.
“Fighting for the title is priceless,” said Belfort, in a recent interview with Tatame. “I’m very happy to work and being able to help the organization.”
A pair of fighters – Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Lyoto Machida – declined fights with Jones, leaving the UFC to seek Belfort. On the spot, he accepted, leaving his planned match with Alan Belcher this October.
Belfort also decided to make a change in training, as world-class manager Glenn Robinson mentioned the Blackzilians camp in Florida. Now, Belfort is training with the likes of Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem.
“Glenn is a friend of mine and invited me,” Belfort said. “I needed to train and I got this here, it’s very versatile. The Brazilian community here is large, so I’m close to Brazil that way.”
Despite switching opponents, Belfort said his training “hasn’t changed. I’m focusing on what I’m going to do. I don’t believe in all that science, all that studying.”