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Classic Fight: The Old Vitor Belfort Destroys Tank Abbott at UFC 13

(Phenom vs. Tank, 5/30/97. Props: UFCVitorVBelfort)

In their continuing efforts to convince you that Vitor Belfort has at least a puncher’s chance against Jon Jones at UFC 152, the UFC has just made the Vitor Belfort vs. Tank Abbott fight from UFC 13 available on YouTube. Just 20 years old at the time, Belfort had made his Octagon debut three months prior at UFC 12, winning the four-man heavyweight bracket in a combined fight time of two minutes. Belfort’s subsequent “superfight” against Abbott — still a somewhat legitimate competitor back then — turned out to be another blitzkrieg. In just 52 seconds, it was all over.

But even more so than the overwhelming striking performance from the Phenom, I think my favorite part of this video is 3:30-3:41, where Belfort calls out for his beloved trainer “Stankie,” and we get a glimpse at a younger (but still pretty old) Al Stankiewicz. Then, we see that Stankie’s hands are wrapped as if he was going to fight that night. Classic.

In a related story, betting odds for Jones vs. Belfort have calmed down somewhat, and the champ is being offered as low as -740. You can also turn $100 into $12,000 if you bet that the fight will be a draw, and the fight actually turns out to be a draw. I’m just saying. What were going to do with that $100 anyway, you know?

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FightZen- September 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm
"In their continuing efforts to convince you that Vitor Belfort has at least a puncher’s chance against Jon Jones at UFC 152..."

I mean, doesn't he? DO you guys seriously think he has ZERO chance of laying a solid punch on Jones? Jones will lose a lot of lateral movement with the extra weight of CP on his nuts.
raton- September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Tank pulled a Brock and turtled up.
BaghdadBob- September 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm
I second RSparrow
RSparrow- September 11, 2012 at 9:22 am
Why are all you guys jumping all over Bones' nuts on this one? Belfort definitely has a chance here, I seriously don't get it...
RearNakedSpoon- September 11, 2012 at 9:10 am
If the old Vitor shows up on the night, he might have a chance of only visiting the hospital for precautionary checks after getting obliterated instead of taking up residence in the coma ward.
FilmDrunk- September 11, 2012 at 9:08 am
On a scale of 1-10, roughly how hard would you say Belfort was juicing for this fight?
Austin seo- September 11, 2012 at 8:17 am
Belfort has virtually no shot.
Cheeseburger Eddie- September 11, 2012 at 7:34 am
Stankie should be doing color commentary with Rogan and Goldie
Fried Taco- September 11, 2012 at 7:33 am
Well, I was going to buy 20 blowjobs from your mom, but turns out she is giving them away for free again. So I guess I could spend the $100 on a long shot.