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Tuesday, 08/28/2012, 03:38 am

The 'Old Lion' Belfort Reveals His Reasons For Taking The Jones Bout 'I'm A Legend, I'm Not A Diva' | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Light-Heavyweight contender Vitor Belfort comments in an interview with the MMAHour.

After Dan Henderson withdrew from his UFC 151 bout with Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and Jones then refusing to face Chael Sonnen on short notice the event was called off. Jones was expected to face Lyoto Machida at UFC 152 however ‘The Dragon’ refused the bout, Shogun Rua was also offered the bout but refused.

One man who was keen to test his skills against Jones was the former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort. ‘The Phenom’ reveals how he got the title bout with Jones.

“When I heard the show was going to get canceled, I offered myself. I text Lorenzo, ‘Lorenzo, you know me, I come from the old school, I just start my camp, if you need me to save the show to fight Jones, not to fight anybody else, because that’s what people want to see, they want to see Jones fight … if somebody got hurt, if you need me, just let me know. They trust me so much and I am a different type of guy, I accomplished so much things, I come from the old school and they know me, I am down to replace, I am used to that. The sport is evolved and these new fighters are worried about their careers and their status. I just want to go out there and fight and put up a great fight. I am ready most of the time and that’s the way it is. You have to be secure and you have to be committed to the organization and the fans. And we are joyful for this opportunity, fighting one the best fighters of all time, this young champion Jon Jones.”

Belfort also went on to thank the UFC for giving him the opportunity to challenge for the title and he admits the fans played a big part in his decision.

“Hey bro, my friend, why am I going to negotiate for, you know what I mean? I have a contract with the organization. I show them who I am by my attitude, not by my talk know what I mean? All that thing, negotiations, I just want to step (up) and do that for the fans. I am not worried with Lorenzo and trying to get more money and be greedy. No, I am doing this because I love the opportunity, I love the fans, I love the challenge and they are very generous. I know they are going to respect that. Lorenzo and Dana they are always be generous to me and all of the fighters and I’m just showing them my gratitude, know what I mean? When you do something from your heart, you can’t negotiate feelings. I did that from my heart. I am very grateful and thankful and the opportunity itself is the prize. The challenge is the prize.”

The former champion states he plans on using his life experiences both inside and outside of the octagon to dethrone the young champion.

“I’m an old lion, I have tricks, you know what I mean? I’ve been around. I’ve take all kinds of beatings in life, not just inside Octagon, but outside as well. It’s just using my experience and using my knowledge and getting ready. … I like him (Jones) as well, he’s very nice, very polite, so soft spoken, and a great athlete. That’s good, the sport’s getting bigger. How many guys from my era are around. Not much? How many guys from when I was fighting and winning my first title in ’96, I don’t know what Jon Jones was doing [then]. I’m privileged to fight a guy like him, It’s a privilege to me. I never thought I’d be around that much, 17 years of a career, and having this chance for the light heavyweight title. It’s a title that I had before in 2004. Here I am again with this opportunity.”

Belfort went on to say he does not want the UFC to become like boxing where fighters refuse fights on a regular basis.

“I’m a legend. I’m a legend, I’m not a diva, that is why I take this fight. I’m ready man, I’m ready to bring what people like what the fans like, what UFC likes, what its all about. That’s the UFC, its not boxing. We can not let the UFC become like boxing. This is the UFC, it’s different, its all about the sport. I live for that. I’m one of the guys that helped build the sport so, I’m privileged to fight Jon Jones.”

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22 Responses to “The 'Old Lion' Belfort Reveals His Reasons For Taking The Jones Bout 'I'm A Legend, I'm Not A Diva' | UFC News”

  1. VITOR IS THE MAN!!!! says:

    NUFF SAID!!!

  2. Nelsonx says:

    I wonder why those other fighters refuse to fight jones

  3. Gibby says:

    The man is a legend! Up and comers could learn a lot! not a fan of all the “praise be to my pal jesus” nonsense but his hands are fast, vicious, powerful and he fights southpaw! i think jones might have trouble, his powers on a different level! i think its stupid hes such a betting underdog.

  4. Sting says:

    Give this guy jones a reality check. Eff him up vitor!

  5. Death to Fitch says:

    Die Fitch die

  6. CombatRusse says:

    I hope that Vitor will be inducted to the UFC hall of fame, he largely deserves it

    • Nepolian says:

      I seriously believe in my heart Vitor deserves to be right beside Couture, Liddel, Ortiz… he said it all in this interview and i praise him for stepping up when all others failed … GOD BLESS VITOR BELFORT ! OH AND UNCLE SONNEN

  7. koolg says:

    bla bla bla what have you done lately vitor… except eat foot and lay down like a bitch.

    • amber trichome says:

      more than u

    • KIDD433 says:

      How the hell has he ‘laid down like a bitch”Have you even seen his last 2 fights dumbshit?Unless you actually follow MMA,stay the F U C K off this site.Casual ass fan

    • hey ufc fan wannabe. why dont be a fan wannabe somewhere else. get a life. & I mean a real life. quit being a ufc fan wannabe. its disgusting dude. go annoy some other forums my friend. try helping around your house for a change. wussies are off limits here. this is pure unadulterated ufc fan site. I bet 100 bucks your own mother hates you. stop wasting space in this site. your comments are shites! your a piece of shite. you dont know what your talking about & who your talking about.

  8. Mike b says:

    Please vitor ko this fag.hes fucking up the sport.if vitor ko’s this piece of shit I swear I will go fucking ape shit….

  9. Xaninho says:

    I really hope Vitor can knock him out.

  10. Galfano says:

    Does someone know if the fight for the UFC 152 was offered to Sonnen? Im sure if he took a fight with 8 days notice, he would have taken the other one with much more days of preparation. I havent read any news of why Belfort came into the picture and Sonnen was not even considered for this fight. Did JBJ turned down the fight with Sonnen for UFC 152 also?

  11. DMAC says:

    Vitor and his fans know its night night noogah!!!

  12. Harbinger1 says:

    Lions CHEW on Bones… nuff said.

  13. you really are a warrior & a champ. we will always be here for you. you have the heart of a lion & a king. its like leonidus or genghis khan himself is talking. your honor is of the level of roman gladiators. i am happy there are still people like him around. but i am afraid. their breed is dying. i dont want them to become extinct. they are all retiring now. all that will be left is the breed of money making cowards like jon jones. theyre being repaced by the breed of greedy people. please dont let this thing happen to ufc. they can disgrace boxing, but not the ufc. i hope vitor teach jon jones how to be warrior & not a fashion model. bring back the old ways. just like the music says “face the pain, no escape, can you step to this?”.

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