UFC stalwart Vitor Belfort has pretty much been there and done that in the sport of mixed martial arts.
The 36-year-old Belfort returns to the cage at UFC on FX 8 against Luke Rockhold on Saturday held at the Arena Jaraguá in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.
Whether it’s his unabashed zest for Christianity or the kind of drugs that pulse through the cord-like veins in his body, Belfort has an almost equal line of detractors and fanatics.
Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.com caught up Belfort and got the Brazilian’s take on a number of subjects, including:
What motivates him.
“I’m the type of fighter that steps into the jungle not fearing anything,” Belfort said. “I’m there to fight, to do my best. That’s what I’m going to do. I fight with what’s inside of me. My motivation is not him. It’s not what people say, it’s not what people think. My motivation, no one can steal it, or my gifts and my talents. I develop them every day. I’m new every day. I’ve just been blessed. I’m so happy.”
On Dana White’s and others’ view on testosterone replacement therapy. White said it is “a way for people to cheat,” and that he was “absolutely 100 percent against TRT.”
“That’s what he thinks, but I’m not doing anything illegal,” Belfort says. “I think people have to have this choice, you know? It’s no problem. I think they should release [the name] of everyone that’s on it. For me, it’s no problem. I’m not doing anything illegal, so I’m not ashamed of anything.”
And why he still fights.
“When you realize you have a purpose and you have a joy and you have all that lined up, a great team behind you, family, I’m loving it,” Belfort said. “I’ve never had so much fun doing what I do. Now I realize that’s my purpose. It’s going to come to an end. The key is to finish strong and with a lot of respect for everyone. That’s what I’m fighting for. The bottom line is the commitment with your choice. As soon as you make a choice, go for it and be happy. That’s my secret.”Tags: Dana White, Luke Rockhold, mma, MMA NEWS, TRT, ufc, ufc news, UFC on FX 8, Vitor Belfort