Belfort Calls Jon Jones The Greatest Fighter Of All-Time | UFC NEWS

August 30, 2012 11:51 am by bjpenn.com staff 33 Comments
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“Here I am with 35 years old, 17 years into my career, fighting the best fighter of all-time, in the history of the UFC, a guy who’s the best athlete in MMA. He’s the new breed. I have a lot of respect for the guy, but I’m ready to put up a fight and take the competition to a high level. I’m so thankful for (UFC CEO) Lorenzo (Fertitta) and (UFC President) Dana (White) to trust me and to give me the opportunity. I’m really going to a division that I don’t fight in anymore, but I have history. I think I have the right to go in there and fill (in) as a replacement. How many guys (are left) from my generation?” he asked. “I come from the generation of Tank Abbott, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie – that generation. How many guys from my generation are still [competitive] that way? Don’t miss this. Toronto on the 22nd. You guys will see the old lion vs. the young lion, the old-fashoned fighter with the new breed.”

Hitting the FUEL TV airwaves earlier this week, Vitor Belfort told the crew at “UFC Tonight” that he will be facing the greatest fighter of all time at UFC 152 when he steps into the cage against Jon Jones for the UFC’s light-heavyweight title.

Is “The Phenom” giving Jones too much credit for his early success, and if so will this impact his mental preparation going into the September 22nd title fight?

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