Iconic Brazilian Vitor Belfort made his UFC debut more than fifteen years ago and has been competing at a high level ever since. In his 30-fight career “The Phenom” has compiled 21 wins including those over fellow stand-outs like Yoshihiro Akiyama, Rich Franklin, and Wanderlei Silva. He is a superstar in his homeland and one of the most respected Mixed Martial Artists in the sport.
That being said, Belfort could retire tomorrow and be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. However, the 35-year old has no plans to hang his gloves up anytime soon, especially with an adversary like light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on the horizon even if he’s a huge underdog going into the short-notice scrap.
“I make my own odds. I make my own atmosphere,” Belfort explained in an interview with GracieMag. “I’m gonna bring the fight. That’s what you can expect. A fight. I’m gonna go to win, not just to be there getting a paycheck. Because the bottom line is, the only reason I’m still fighting is because I love it. I don’t need it – I want it.”
The two polished pugilists are set to face off on September 22 at UFC 152. Belfort will enter the fight with the momentum of back-to-back wins, while Jones holds an overall record of 16-1 with his only defeat involving an unnecessary disqualification.
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