Vitor wins ESPN award for Rockhold knockout

February 10, 2014 9:40 am by Daneul Summers

It’s true that Vitor Belfort has a lot on his plate right now as he prepared to face off against middleweight champion Chris Weidman for the title at UFC 173, but “The Phenom” always has time to accept an award for doing what he does best!

This past weekend in Burbank, California, Vitor was praised by ESPN’s Sport Science for his beautifully executed spinning wheel kick that “measured at an angular velocity of more than 700 degrees per second” and almost took the head of Luke Rockhold.

Vitor took to Instagram with a photo and some kind words as he expressed his gratitude and thanks:

Thank you so much for honoring me with this award. I want to give all the glory to God, because the truth is, Jesus is not just part of my life, or first place in my life, He IS my life. I would be nothing without Christ. And I want to thank Him for the amazing people He has surrounded me with: My family, Coaches, Sponsors, Fans, Spiritual family. You are God’s greatest gifts to me, and this award is ours together. Finally, I want to share one of my favorite scriptures from the Bible with you. It’s in the book of Joshua, where Caleb, who is at the end of his military career says: “Just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war.” This is our strongest day, and with God’s help, I believe our greatest victories are ahead of us. Thank you.

Vitor Belfort is probably the best we’ve seen him in a long time. Though “The Phenom” has had a rather illustrious career his recent streak of knockouts has definitely put him in a deserving spot as number one contender. The Rockhold knockout comes in the middle of a trio of knockouts starting with a head kick KO of Michael Bisping and the total destruction of Dan Henderson.

The question is, does Vitor have enough to put the same type of beat down on the current champ Weidman?

Let’s hear it Penn Nation! Does the Brazilian bring enough to the table to beat Weidman? Does Vitor’s series of knockouts pose enough of a treat to the current champ? Let us know what you think?

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