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UFC 212: Nate Marquardt Discusses Argument Vitor Belfort’s Only a First Round Fighter

Kelsey Mowatt

Vitor Belfort

A lot of people have argued in recent years that Vitor Belfort’s only dangerous in the opening round, but the man who will face him tonight at UFC 212, doesn’t think that’s the case.

During Belfort’s storied career, he’s forged a reputation for being one of the most explosive finishers in the game. But, on the other hand, “The Phenom” has had a tendency of being taken out, after he’s come out guns blazing, but failed to score a stoppage.

Well, as you know, the man who will attempt to hand Belfort a loss tonight at UFC 212, is fellow vet, Nate Marquardt. While the middleweight talked to MMA Junkie this week, Marquardt had this to say about Belfort’s staying power:

“One of his last fights, he fought Gegard Mousasi, and he went into the second round, and Vitor’s still dangerous – he’s still explosive. He didn’t look super tired or anything. Of course, every fighter who goes into the second round is a little bit tired. I don’t think it was conditioning; I see some technical mistakes.

“But Vitor’s style is he really goes for the finish, and when he goes for it, he puts everything into it. That’s what makes it exciting, and that what makes him dangerous.”

It is true that Belfort made it into round two against the ridiculously well rounded, Mousasi. But before that, the last time the Brazilian star competed in a second frame was back in 2013, when Belfort took out Michael Bisping in round two. Since then, Belfort has finished the likes of Dan Henderson (twice) and Luke Rockhold in the opening round, but he also come up short against Chris Weidman, “Jacare” Souza, Kelvin Gastelum and the aforementioned Mousasi.

So, if Belfort does win tonight, chances are it’s because he lands some heavy shots or kick early on into the fight.

UFC 212 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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