Vitor Belfort hasn’t fought in the Octagon since November of 2013, when he knocked out Dan Henderson with a head kick in the 1st round of their UFC Fight Night main event bout.
Some time following the win, TRT was banned, leaving many to question if Vitor would be able to perform at the same levels as we had recently seen him. A fight against Chael Sonnen was booked, but then cancelled, and then a bout with Chris Weidman was booked, but then postponed.
Now Belfort is gearing up to fight Weidman in 2015, once the champ heals his fractured hand. He spoke to MMAFighting to discuss the bout, and how ‘TNT Vitor’ (Read about that HERE) will surprise his opponents.
“The fact that I haven’t fought in 2014 will only make my opponents surprised with my performance. I had time to adapt myself and evolve even more. Despite not having fought, I worked hard at Blackzilians and spent this whole time getting ready to win my third world title in a different weight class in the UFC.”
“The year of 2014 was really full of postponements and twists, but I’m positive that those adversities will only make me stronger and ready for the next challenges. I was expecting to fight and win the title, but I believe that everything happens for a reason. My training routine is intense, it’s part of my lifestyle. I will continue focused on reinventing myself and getting stronger every day, waiting for the fight.”
“I will continue to train. The month before the fight is when the heavier training happens, and since they postponed the fight, this intense training will happen in January. Until then, I will continue my normal routine that is really disciplined and focused on my goals. I have 18 years of a professional career and my preparation doesn’t depend on a fight schedule.”