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Vitor Belfort Says Despite Opinions to the Contrary, His Troubled Past Will Not Affect His Fighting Future

(Video courtesy YouTube/SNETCF)

The big question mark whenever Vitor Belfort‘s doubters talk about how successful the Brazilian powerhouse will be in upcoming bouts like his middleweight championship tilt with Anderson Silva on Saturday night at UFC 126 is where his head’s at.

When his sister Priscilla was kidnapped in 2004 in the week prior to his UFC 46 championship bout with Randy Couture, "The Phenom" admitted that the situation was weighing heavily on his mind. Because he spoke openly about the emotional effect loing her had on him, many assume that he never really got over the ordeal even after her kidnappers substantiated fears that Priscilla was dead, confessing in 2007 to her killing.

Subsequently, most of Belfort’s detractors chalk his eight MMA losses up to him being mentally fragile, even though they all came against present and future champions and only two were via stoppage. If being beaten by Chuck Liddell, Alistair Overeem, Randy Couture and Dan Henderson in their prime makes you a mental midget then guys like Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva must be psychologically retarded as well.

According to the former UFC light heavyweight champ and UFC 12 heavyweight tournament winner, oddsmakers would be making a big mistake by writing him off as the underdog when he challenges Silva. He says that the root of his status as the dark horse in big fights are rumors like the one Urijah Faber mentioned in the video above which are the result of conjecture from those who think they know him.

"I’m very happy, excited, rejoicing for this fight. There’s no pressure on me. If people that know my past assume I will have issues that will affect me in this fight they will be making a big mistake. They don’t know how much Vitor has improved. The advantage that the people who really know me have is that they know my how much I’ve changed," he tells "I believe we should always make changes, not only in our professional lives, but on our personal lives too with things like parenthood. We make mistakes, we go through things and we learn things during the process, which make us better; that’s what I believe in.

I really believe that it will be a historic fight because we both are fighters who’ll be remembered for our history —  each one by what we’ve done in the past. Anderson is considered by most to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world and I was the youngest champion in UFC history who had a lot of high and low moments. Anderson is a fighter who grew and climbed and kept his status as one of the best in the sport, but I’m different. I had many high and low points in my career. People have always speculated about how that affected me mentally and some assume that I’m not at Anderson’s level because of those things, but I really think it’ll be the fight of the century."

Fight of the century might be pushing it, but it’s probably safe to say that it could very well be fight of the night and an early frontrunner for fight of the year.

One thing’s for sure, somebody is getting punched hard in the face.

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bobroode- November 16, 2011 at 5:51 am
Vitor had the talent and the body to be the best, he just lost it along the way, I am sure that he needs to regroup and he will be fine.
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mt59801- January 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm
GSP must be the hardest hitter in MMA, hardy's face is still swollen 9 months later.
youenjoyzedella- January 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Dan Hardy looked like a british Tim Sylvia.
DangadaDang- January 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm
I gotta agree with LAS on this one. Vitor is fast and powerful, but he's lost to a lot of top comp, and even though Anderson has fruit loops for brains, I think he's going to want to make a statement after getting his ass kicked by Sonnen for 4.5 rounds.
RearNakedSpoon- January 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Mohawks must have a slimming effect on your face, cagepotato's top fashion tip of the week.
mt59801- January 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm
Vitor has some heavy hands that shouldn't be overlooked. Sonnen got through with some stunners, but as much as I like the testosterone enhanced grifter I doubt he's striking at Vitor's level. Expect unconscious spiders everyday bro
LAS- January 31, 2011 at 2:05 pm

You might amend that to 'pre-prime' Wand; who had Wand beaten at that point? Also, that was 13 years ago, which is like a Ken Shamrock-style reach in terms of citing a relevant W.

And sure, maybe Vitor would have beaten a bunch of top-10 guys if they hadn't been scared to fight him...but, given that all we have to go on is him losing to almost every top ten fighter he actually has faced, history suggests that knocking off the top p4p guy in the world might be a bit of a stretch.
RwilsonR- January 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm
@ MMA Mafia - I use 5Dimes. They are highly rated, and they pay out promptly without giving you much hassle. Although it has been a few months since I've used them.

@ Get Off Me - I want to agree with you on Franklin, but I just don't know what to think about that fight. It can see it going either way. But if I take him out of the mix, that isn't a bad line-up of winners you picked there.
slaykatz- January 31, 2011 at 11:47 am
Like most fans, I am 100% excited for this fight and would love to see someone get KO'd in spectacular fashion. However, in terms of styles, I do not see this fight being overly exciting. Both Vitor and Anderson have a tendency to counter-punch and let their opponents make the first move. I could see the pace of this fight being like that of Vitor's previous bout against Rich Franklin -- that is, very slow, methodical and calculating with both fights trying to avoid the mistake that gets them clipped.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 11:38 am
Ouch, nothing like getting burned at the bookies on the last fight, happend to me most recently with Dunham/Sherk.
You'll make it back this weekend, try laying $50 today on:
Mighty mouse-De Rocha-Torres-Jones-Franklin-A.silva, should yield about $1200.
Also when it opens, lay some big bucks on:

good luck
Jugger- January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am
Based on a video MiddleEasy put up today, Anderson appears to be surrounded by yes-man cronies that might not be pushing him to take Vitor seriously. Just conjecture on my part, of course, but that's my gut.

Anybody else see Anderson coming in way over-confident, poo-poo'ing around with a scissor-ankle-reverse-knee-tap and getting his head blasted off by a game Vitor?
MMA Mafia- January 31, 2011 at 11:26 am

I usually bet on but they don't have the parley features for mma (they for other sports) I was wondering what site you might use or know of that's trustworthy and reliable with a parley for mma.

Thnx dude.
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ccman- January 31, 2011 at 11:02 am
I have honestly always thought vitor was a victim of his own success. Keep in mind, post vitor destroying wandi (he really did) wandi ran to japan and became the ax murderer. He gave up 70#s to tank when people actually feared his standup and brutalized him also. To much early can jack you up mentally.... like it did tyson. Belfort was at one point chased by boxing promoters and like an early frank shamrock, fighting much bigger fighters and winning. Where he stands now I guess we will see but being truly tested early in his career, the lack of it imo was really his downfall.

Shit they used to talk of how he fought royce in his prime once to a draw in a straight bjj tourn. The skill set exists, see if he's pulled it all together.
RwilsonR- January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am
I like the tag - 'Vitor's psyche ain't no bitch'

Still, I think Anderson will have his way with him. Prove me wrong, Vitor. I want to see Anderson knocked flat on his prissy little ass, out cold, convulsing on the floor like an infantile retard. If you do that Vitor, I'm sure I'll see Jesus, bro.

@ Get Off Me - I hated that Couture/Big Nog fight! I had a parlay that night that would have paid me $1400 off a $100 bet, and all the other fights that night had worked out for me. I figured the way Nog was fighting recently, it was a sure win for Couture. I was already counting my fucking money... fucking old man!
Smitty- January 31, 2011 at 10:48 am
I'm happier than a sissy with a bag of dicks that this fight is this weekend!!!! I'm rollin with the spider.
Get Off Me- January 31, 2011 at 10:18 am
I gotta go with bruised rib free Anderson Silva in this fight.
Chael caught Silva a few times in their fight, but this was due to Silva's inability to move around like he usually does due to his injury.
Silva will do his usual patty cakes for the first round and stay away from Belfort, it may look a lot like Cote/Silva, where Silva won't be so dominant but won't get hurt either...4 rounds later and your winner will be Anderson Silva.

Fight of the century for me: Couture/Big Nog.
Mike Russell- January 31, 2011 at 10:10 am
He knocked out a prime Wand. As far as the other guys go, maybe they were the only ones matchmakers could convince to sign to fight Vitor. A lot of variables there.
LOKI- January 31, 2011 at 10:10 am
MMA Mafia- January 31, 2011 at 10:09 am
Haha @LAS (stiff breeze) I like that one.
I used "ziploc bag full of wet feathers" once in another post to describe Chucks chin. It got a "meh"
LAS- January 31, 2011 at 10:02 am
Everyone yoking off Belfort fails to point out that the flipside of his having only ever lost to top competition in his career is that he has virtually zero credible wins over elite competition, save his KO of an aging Rich Franklin. Seriously, the guy is a can crusher par excellence, and all of a sudden he's the 'stiffest test of Anderson Silva's career.' Why, because he KO'd Matt Lindland and Terry Martin, two guys who would get taken out by a stiff breeze at this point?
Puzz13- January 31, 2011 at 10:01 am
Looks like Dan Hardy has put on a few pounds.
MMA Mafia- January 31, 2011 at 9:59 am
Even if Vitor wins we might have to suffer a second (quickly) fight between the two. Its almost as if Vitor has to beat him twice to "keep" that belt.
Fried Taco- January 31, 2011 at 9:52 am
I'd settle for just fight of the night, Vitor. And if you beat him, then maybe fight of the week.