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Vitor Belfort Joins Blackzilians in Advance of Jon Jones Fight at UFC 152; Rashad Evans to Serve as Head Coach

Vitor Belfort‘s storied career has been marked by frequent changes in teams and training camps, and his nomadic journey has now led him to the South Florida super-team known as the “Blackzilians.” According to a statement released by Belfort’s management team, Belfort will prepare for his surprise title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 152 (September 22nd, Toronto) alongside the Blackzilian team, with none other than Rashad Evans as his head coach. The team was previously led by Mike Van Arsdale, who parted ways with the camp late last month.

This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join [manager] Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach,” Belfort said in a press release. “I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight. I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida.”

Belfort hasn’t competed since his submission win over (now) Blackzilian teammate Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in January. “The Phenom” went on to coach The Ultimate Fighter Brazil opposite Wanderlei Silva and the two were set to rematch this past summer before Belfort broke his hand in training and had to pull out.

As for Belfort’s new coach Rashad Evans, his last fight was a five-round unanimous decision loss to his nemesis Jon Jones last April. With Rashad directing his camp, Vitor may gain special insight into Jones’ abilities, and Evans will get another chance to beat Jones, though indirectly. In addition, Belfort will benefit from the level of talent at the Blackzilians camp, which also includes coach Mario Sperry — co-founder of Brazilian Top Team, where Belfort was briefly a member — kickboxing star Tyrone Spong, and a number of other UFC vets including Jorge Santiago and Melvin Guillard.

Unfortunately, the Blackzilians’ short history has been marked by more high-profile losses in the Octagon than victories — and judging by the comically lopsided betting odds, Vitor probably won’t be the one to buck that trend. Still, it’s hard to turn down Rashad Evans’s intimate knowledge of Jones, Sperry’s legendary coaching prowess, or Anthony Johnson’s weight-cutting expertise.

- Elias Cepeda

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cman- August 29, 2012 at 9:02 am
Shad showed some stuff early but once he let jones control his hands and ate an elbow he became conservative shad like all his fights post machida stanky leg, and hoped for openings that didn't come. Maybe belfort can implimented the early aggressive shad plan longer than a round. It goes 3 belfort gasses and it's over.
RearNakedSpoon- August 28, 2012 at 2:24 am
Blackzilians does sound like a 70's exploitation of a Japanese monster movie.
Expect Godzilla every day, bro.
RwilsonR- August 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm
Well, if anyone can help Belfort gain the necessary pounds to go up a weight class in three weeks, it's the Blackzillians.
JohnyBonezNmoans- August 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm
Why the hell did this fight need to happen? We can't wait a couple extra months to see Jones fight someone who deserves the shot and is in HIS WEIGHT CLASS?! All this shit baffles me...

Unless Vitor wins in the first with a fortunate blow, its going to be a short night for the phenom. Has he ever shown to have a decent gas tank in the UFC?
paperplane- August 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm
Why do you want a guy who lost to Jon jones coach you to fight Jon jones?
Nippletwist- August 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm
so glad chael was scared to fight a prepared jones so belfort stepped in. vitors always exciting and could actually give jon a challenge, he might be able to connect with his speed, im pummmped.
whatchawhozeit- August 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm
I guess if you are gonna jump up a weight class on short notice you have to choose the right camp for the job. I just hope that the blackzilians realize this is a LHW fight and not a HW fight. I would hate to see Vitor weighing in at 265 and ready to roll.
tp24890- August 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm
Mofo said the same thing for the Silva fight. He better use the Nate Quarry hammer fist technique if he doesn't want to get kicked in the face again
Crow42- August 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm
Hennessy and hypnotic is like Budweiser and jack Daniels for white people lol
And fighting and the Internet for the people if brazil
(this probably vitor last shot at a title
Grandmas Nutmeg- August 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm
Belfort should paint bottles of Hypnotiq and Hennessy on his gloves, no black male can resist the allure of an Incredible Hulk. Let alone one with a DUI arrest.
Sopapo- August 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm
If anyones has a puncher's chance is belfor. Quickest hands in MMA with dynamite power.
I was gettin some Tito- August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Blackzilians, what a stupid fucking name.
kellyman- August 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm
If you want to talk about letting someone get comfy, take a look at Belfort's last title fight.
Whitemare- August 27, 2012 at 11:46 am
Nothing but respect for vitor, especially after taking this fight. Dunno about Rashad being head trainer tho, Maybe good He seemed to have the right Ideas for jones but never used them in the fight. Also I hope these Big Nigs don't injure Vitor before the fight
El Guapo- August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am
Funny you mention bumrushing Jones, as I thought that was Hendo's best chance at pulling the upset. If you sit back and let Bones get comfy he's just gonna use his height, length and reach to pick you apart from a safe distance.
WarpedAcorn- August 27, 2012 at 11:32 am
The only way I see Belfort winning this is to throw caution to the wind and come at Jones gun blazing. Rashad showed that Jones can kinda take a hit, but might not have an iron chin. If Belfot can pull a Chael, not be scared, and bumrush Jones, then I think he has a chance. If he sits back and tries to pick his shots like everyone else that has fought Jones, then he has absolutely no chance at even thinking of being a threat.
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