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Sure Anderson Silva May Have Steven Seagal as a Trainer, But Vitor Belfort Has Mike Tyson


(If Vitor walks out at 126 to Iron Mike’s version of "In the Air Tonight," bricks will be shat. Pic props: Sherdog)

It looks like Vitor Belfort has one-upped Anderson Silva‘s secret training weapon.

If you recall, prior to his UFC 117 bout with Chael Sonnen, the longtime UFC middleweight champion spent some time with 7th-dan Aikido black belt Steven Seagal to learn slap blocks, wrist locks and throat strikes — none of which helped him from being dumped on his ass and pounded on for the majority of five rounds by the testosterone deficient Republican.

After trying in vain to secure Ralph Macchio to help him prepare for his upcoming UFC 126 bout with Silva, Belfort had to settle for the next best thing: Mike Tyson.


According to an interview "The Phenom" did recently with Portal Do Vale Tudo (as translated by Sherdog), the pairing was a natural one considering the parallels between both of their careers.

“Mike Tyson is a big idol, and he crossed the boundaries of sport. He was a great inspiration to many athletes and in my career since I was a child. We have much in common and had fame too soon. We always have good conversations. I was at his house and met his family. I met his daughter and wife, who is pregnant. It’s always nice to be in touch with people like him. I told him that he’s used badly, because he has great views of fighting," he says. "He knows a lot of martial arts, but they aren’t given the proper value. He said he wanted to be part of my camp, and it was a pleasure to be part of my training. I told him to come in and give me some tips. He’s an important person in the sport and was a great motivator for many successful fighters. I think it’s important to have a recovery.” 

In preparing for Silva — a fight he has coveted for four years,  Belfort isn’t taking anything for granted and is leaving no stone unturned.

“It’s hard to expect anything from Anderson because he’s very thorough. I’m seeking the fullness of everything, but I focused on jiu-jitsu and boxing; that’s my lethal weapon. I will also training karate, with Jayme Sandall coming in," Belfort explains. "I’m training muay Thai to practice the combination of blows. I’ll try to use wisdom, and if people think I only have a chance to win in the first round, I’ll show them they were wrong. I focus on things that need improving, and I’m working hard on that.”

If Vitor’s years in the sport have taught him anything, it’s that fighting is a business and that it’s not to be taken personally when a co-worker tries to turn your lights out — something he says Silva hasn’t yet realized.

During the recent photo shoot that yielded the photo below, Belfort says "The Spider" refused to share pleasantries with his upcoming opponent. 


("Seriously, guys, would it kill you to smile?")

“I think Anderson has the attitude of taking it personally. After [the photo shoot], I went to try to talk to him, and he said he wouldn’t talk to me. I think he was upset that I wanted to fight him, because he thought it was personal. It’s not personal; it’s a job," he explains. "I thank God I was a guy who broke barriers and showed that people can grow. Some people who once criticized me now see me differently.”

Both men will bring impressive streaks into the Octagon with them when they meet to settle things February 5 in Las Vegas. Belfort hasn’t lost in the five fights since dropping a decision to Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 in October 2006, while Silva has won his last 13 fights since being DQ’ed for an illegal upkick against Yushin Okami at Rumble on the Rock 8 in January of the same year. As such, Belfort says it’s unlikely that there will be any pre-fight rhetoric between them as they both prefer to allow their records and their performance in the cage speak for themselves.

“There’s a lot of pride involved, and people think I’m afraid [of Silva]. Afraid of what? Why would I be afraid of a man? If I have to win, I’ll win, and if I have to lose, I’ll lose. I don’t have reasons to be afraid. I was never a guy that wants to brag,” he says. “I taste things with my attitudes. There are people who say they will knock you out but end up with their butts on the floor. We’ve seen it enough. I’d rather be a normal person, and I understand the sport otherwise. I don’t need to do an evil face for people to think I’m a good fighter. I have to do my job. My job is to fight, and I try to do my best. There are many people who talk but don’t remember to do what they said they were going to do when the time comes. I’ve never been a talker. I’m more about doing.”


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hturd- December 28, 2010 at 9:45 am
When you're blatantly wrong the best recourse is to be a dick. What else in this article is completely false?
Shaky- December 28, 2010 at 6:07 am
I hope Anderson Silva is prepared for Jesus, bro, everyday, because..you know...Belfort is, and that just seems like a significant advantage....I suppose Silva does prepare for Michael Jackson, though, everyday, so that kinda levels it. I mean that motherfucker's back from the dead right? He's everywhere this Christmas.


On a pedantic note. The photo was taken in Abu Dhabi, 'capital' of the UAE and a neighbouring Emirate to Dubai.
Sudos KFC- December 27, 2010 at 8:46 pm
@ Viva Hate I hear ya but have you watched the fight? I did recently for the first time and can understand it more. He was out of town, fighting their boy with the guys trainer as the ref. the ref was a cocksucker who seriously tried repositioning them STANDING for about 5 minutes, honestly grappling with yvel trying to give his own boy double underhooks. It was ridiculous.
Clyde- December 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Well, Mike, maybe you should check your own facts before posting your fucking article.

Yes, I know it's petty, but if you fuck up, out of everyone on the internet, someone's going to call you on it so we should all be used to it by now; it's pretty much guaranteed. In fact even if everything is correct, someone will still say it's bullshit either with or without proof so you're no better off for fact checking anyway.
El Guapo- December 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm
^What Cecil said! Except for the part where she gets all his money..

And pleeease leave MRuss alone. Geez. He's got much more important things to do than make sure what he says is true. He IS an editor, afterall. (SILENCE)Actually, scratch that. What I meant was, sometimes things get lost in translation. "Recent" might mean something entirely different in English than it does in Canadian.( CRICKETS CHIRPING)You know what, nevermind.
twoleftfeet- December 27, 2010 at 3:38 pm
meh I'd rather have chuck norris.
cecils_pupils- December 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm
I hope Vitor does to Anderson Silva what Mike Tyson did to Robin Givens.
doowm- December 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm
josemonkey= DE-FEN-SIVE
JoseMonkey- December 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm
That's not fair Mike. I wasn't rude or sarcastic with my comment. You don't need to get offended. It was an honest mistake and I thought you'd like to know.

Also, I'm not "back" -- I never left.
Viva Hate- December 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I sense this being a bad idea, Gilbert Yvel used Tyson as a trainer and all he got was DQ in his fight against Karimula Barkalaev.
munche- December 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Ruh roh, MRuss sounds pist.

As celebrity trainers go, Tyson is about as cool as you can get. I have no idea what one stands to gain training with a douche like Seagal.
Smitty- December 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm
There's some bad ass kids in my hood I wish Tyson would eat. Having said that, I don't think he'll be of much help to Vitor, unless he can teach Vitor to fly around the octogon like one of those pigeons, swoop down every now and then to try to connect with Silvas chin.
Mike Russell- December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Thank God JoseMonkey is back to fact check everything I write in the hopes that I make a mistake he can point out. 
El Famous Burrito- December 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm
How ironic, since Vitor only gets to fight Anderson Silva because he used the code 007 373 5963 to skip right to him.
shitbag- December 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm
@mattyr31 Only after he fucks them until they love him
newdeal- December 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm
so Belfort has fought 5 times in the part 4 years? That sounds like a recipe to get knocked out and/or be danced around for 5 rounds just because he must have some serious ring rust
mattyr31- December 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Does Vitor eat children too?
RSparrow- December 27, 2010 at 11:50 am
I taste things with my attitudes also Vitor...

Seriously, wtf
Videodrome_NOW- December 27, 2010 at 11:37 am
Vitor is the man, I'm just not sure he's going to be the man on fight night. He's got Tyson in his corner, who according to this old video game called Punch Out, could knock your fuckin ass out with one punch. If Anderson hopes to have a chance, he's going to have to dodge and slip in and out until he can save up enough stars to super blast(by pressing the select button?) Tyson.....I mean, Belfort in the face.
JoseMonkey- December 27, 2010 at 11:30 am
"During the recent photo shoot in Brazil that yielded the photo below..."

Unless there's some other Ferrari arena, I'm pretty sure that photo was taken in Dubai, not Brazil. I believe it was part of a pre-UFC 112 press event / photo shoot.

hxxp://media.photobucket.com/image/ferrari%20dubai/ITechDiary/ferrari_theme_park_dubai_1.jpg
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