Vitor Belfort has fought both Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in the past, but “The Phenom” believes he’s about to face the toughest challenge the middleweight division has to offer.
Belfort is scheduled to throw down with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on Saturday night, in what will be the co-headliner for UFC 198. The card will go down in Curitiba, Brazil at the city’s Arena da Baixada.
Souza has long been regarded as one of the best 185’ers on the planet, but at the open workouts on Wednesday, here’s what Belfort had to say about “Jacare” (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“He’s also very good on his feet,” Belfort said. “People talk, but he’s very good on his feet. He’s been evolving a lot.
“I’ve always had a good relationship with him. Our rivalry is healthy, we were never disrespectful towards each other. He’s a great fighter – a compatriot of mine that I think is the toughest in the division.”
Now sure, the Rockholds, Weidmans and Yoel Romeros of this world would likely disagree with this statement, as will some fans. But, Souza is without question one of the most complete, most dangerous fighters out there. After all, this is a man who is 8-2 in his last 10 fights, and his only losses during that stretch came against Rockhold and Romero. The loss to the latter was extremely competitive.
If you’re curious about the odds, the betting lines have Belfort as an underdog, and a decent sized one. Right now the vaunted striker has odds in the +225 to +265 range. If Belfort wins, and Rockhold gets by Weidman for a second time, that rematch could be coming.