Vitor Belfort may have a ton of detractors, and boosters, but no one can deny that the middleweight has had a lengthy and historic fighting career.
After all, we are talking about a guy who made his pro debut back in 1996, and here, nearly twenty years later, he’s set to challenge for the UFC middleweight title on May 23rd. The 38 year-old has locked up another crack at the UFC’s title, thanks to a jaw dropping run of stoppage victories over Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson.
While things have been going very, very well for Belfort in the Octagon as of late, “The Phenom” has been the focus of a lot of scrutiny outside of it. Belfort took a lot of heat from his detractors during the TRT era of MMA, and the issue still follows him today.
Well, Belfort recently participated in a media call to promote his upcoming bout with Weidman, which has been delayed now three times. While discussing all the setbacks the bout has incurred, and all the issues he’s faced, Belfort stated (quote via Sherdog.com):
“I’ve just been training and keeping my mind focused on what I can do,” the Brazilian star stated. “I wasn’t worried about what I couldn’t do and I’ve been evolving every day. It’s all about perspective [taking negative and turning it into a positive]. I’m blessed. How many guys from my era are still around?”
“I’m very positive,” Belfort furthered, while discussing the fight’s delays. “I could choose to be negative or positive and I choose to be positive. I’ve been doing this for so long; 19 years ago I became champion of the UFC by winning the tournament. I think it’s a blessing. ..I believe it makes you stronger.”
Yup. There’s not too many guys who can say they started fighting almost 20 years ago and are still in the UFC. It’s certainly going to be fascinating to see how Belfort performs. The punishing striker hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he stopped Henderson.
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