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UFC FN 77: Vitor Belfort’s Wife Outlines “Phenom’s” Decision to Leave Blackzilians

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort will battle Dan Henderson for a third time this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 77, and he will do so, having not trained with the Blackzilians.

Belfort recorded several, memorable wins while training with the Florida based team. But after being stopped by middleweight champ Chris Weidman this past May, “The Phenom” decided to change things up.

Recently Belfort’s wife and advisor, Joana Prado, spoke with Sherdog.com. During the interview Prado outlined Belfort’s reasoning for leaving the Blackzilians.

No, we don’t have any problems with the Blackzilians. We like everybody over there, and we always had a great and honest relationship with [Blackzilians owner] Glenn [Robinson]. Vitor had a great time with the Blackzilians and is very thankful for everything they did for him, but he has been doing this for 20 years and even when he was on a team, we used to hire his own staff. Now at our gym, he has all eyes looking only at him.

With the camp for Weidman, Vitor was going to both OTB and the Blackzilians. Like I said before, we always used to bring in our own staff for Vitor’s camp. The only difference now is that we have all the coaches only working for and with Vitor.

Belfort never had anything bad to say about the Blackzilians during his time there, so to hear that he had no issues with the camp, shouldn’t come as a surprise. Neither should his wish to tailor a camp for himself. It will be interesting to see, however, how he looks against Henderson this Saturday.

Belfort and “Hendo” will be fighting for the third time on November 7th. In 2006, while fighting for PRIDE, Henderson scored a UD win over Belfort. In the rematch seven years later, however, Belfort took Henderson out in the opening round.

It’s a huge fight for both men, particularly the legendary Henderson, who is 2-3 in his last 5 fights.

UFC FN 77 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the co-main event, Glover Teixeira will take on fellow light-heavyweight contender, Patrick Cummins.

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