New Beginnings

Written by Tom Ngo
July 17th, 2008

At the tender age of 31, Vitor Belfort is looking to get his career back on track. While most fighters would be entering their prime, Belfort is still searching for his place in MMA history. He was one of the pioneer fighters for the UFC, and has fought all of the greats in his weight class. Unfortunately, he didn’t post wins against most of them.

Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Dan Henderson and Randy Couture (twice), all posted victories over Belfort.  Belfort does hold a victory over Brazilian great, Wanderlei Silva, but that was nearly 10 years ago.

After bouncing around from promotion to promotion, Belfort will be fighting Terry Martin at Affliction: Banned this weekend.  Through all the ups and downs of his career he is appreciative to be fighting for a major promotion again.   

“I’m really excited,” he told MMAWeekly. “It’s a great event. We look forward to it becoming big. The sport’s already huge. We just need the right people around the sport; the right promoters taking care of fighters. Everything is right there; it’s just waiting for us.”

Belfort will be taking on a very game opponent in Martin, who too is a former UFC veteran that is looking to establish some consistency to his career.

“Terry’s a tough guy,” Belfort said about Martin. “He’s very strong. He has heavy hands. I’m facing a lion, man. Two lions are going to face each other on the 19th, so I’m ready to go. I’m ready to knock him out. I’m ready to finish him on the ground. I’m ready to take him down. I’m ready for anything!”

After holding the UFC Light Heavyweight title for a very short period of time, Belfort wants to get back to the top of the mountain. 

“My goal is Terry Martin,” he said. “But if you asked me what my goal is to be at the top of this weight division, to fight the best and be the best. That’s everybody’s goal – to be in the spotlight. I want to accomplish so many things. One of the things I want is to be the champion and fighting the best. Right now I’m working for Affliction. Whatever is in front of me, I just have to take it. The promoters decide. I have my agent. I’ll be ready to go.”

Belfort has been working hard to accomplish his goal and he has even called upon a former foe to help him with his development.

“I think the mentality of Xtreme Couture is wonderful,” Belfort said of Randy Couture’s camp.  “It’s a great facility, a great group of sparring partners, good trainers. I really enjoy it. Everybody is equal over here….I think it’s the perfect environment for a fighter. It’s been a pleasure. I’ve developed my skills and I’m ready to go. I’m really enjoying it and being ready for my next fight.”

There is no better way to start your career over than with a brand new organization, and Belfort is anxious to get going…now.

“I’m ready to go right now,” he emphatically stated. “If the fight was to go tomorrow, I’m ready. It’s so good to be here and have everyone correct me. Everybody is helping each other. We help so many fighters here. It’s like a family. I’m safe. I’m happy. People can look in my eyes and see how ready I am; my body, my mind, my soul, my spirit. I just have to take my time and listen to the trainers. I’m here to accomplish my job.”

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