Even if Jon Jones wasn’t doing everything in his power to make us dislike him, there’d still be part of us silently hoping that Vitor Belfort shocks the world at UFC 152 and knocks Jones the hell out. Belfort’s story is just so perfect: A former prodigy now nearing the end of a rocky career, who has fought on through countless professional and personal setbacks, is now given an unexpected chance at glory in a fight he’s not supposed to win, against a young “phenom” representing a generation of fighters that is leaving the older star behind. And everybody is counting Belfort out — except the challenger himself.
“Everyone is beatable. You just gotta find the point when and how,” Belfort says. “I’m in a point that I’m ending my career. I made a commitment that I’m gonna finish as strong as I started…I’m testing [Jones's] chin, his liver, everything. We’re there to test each other, we’re there giving our full body to that competition…I believe in one thing: No sacrifice, no glory.”
Do you believe in miracles? And what happens if the light-heavyweight belt changes hands on September 22nd, and winds up in the possession of a middleweight nearing the end of the road? (Besides the obvious.) Personally, I think the UFC needs some chaos from time to time. The problem with “invincible” champs like Jones, Anderson Silva, and Georges St. Pierre, is that the outcomes of their fights are rarely in question. So…would a shocking upset victory for Belfort actually be a good thing for the UFC?