You may say that Vitor Belfort has what it takes to become one of the most prestigious fighters of his generation. Many have commented that he has been short in his bid to capture the middleweight belt from Anderson Silva and of course his defeat against champion Jon Jones at last year’s UFC 152 headliner in September 2012 was not to be overlooked.
But from his recent win over Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 headliner on May 18, 2013, he sent Rockhold to oblivion as he delivered a spinning heel kick and several punches that got him the win in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds of round 1. This fight showed that he has the will power and the strength to prove himself time and again.
According to his interview at Fox Sports after his victory, Belfort explained how he was able to take care of Rockhold in just a few minutes of round 1: “I was part of two jungles. I’m the T-Rex, surviving in this new jungle, so I’m rebuilding myself, and God has given me strength. Just as I used to be strong then, I am strong now.” He added: “I think it was just this burning inside of me that said, ‘You didn’t accomplish what you [could have].’ I lacked so many things in my career. I [made] so many mistakes. ‘Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] gave me the chance. I sat down with them, and I promised to give my best. I said I would finish as strong as I can. And I made a promise to my family and my spiritual father that I was going to finish strong.” He also mentioned: “If I don’t have the desire to go to the gym – the desire to improve and [gain] new skills, then I should retire. I still have a lot of gas left in my tank. I thank God for giving me the strength.”
Before The Phenom won over Rockhold, he was able to defeat Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 with a TKO in less than 2 minutes of round 2. And before he was defeated by Jones in UFC 152, he won over Yoshihiro Akiyama in UFC 133 via knock out and Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 via submission. Let’s see what the 36 year old from Rio de Janeiro has in store for fans as he continues to submit one great fighter to another!