There’s an old phrase that goes, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” In Vitor Belfort’s (Pictured) case, the enemy of my UFC 152 opponent is my new head coach.
Shortly before “The Phenom” decided to challenge light heavyweight king Jon Jones for his crown on just one month’s notice, he started honing his skills with Rashad Evans and the talented Blackzilian squad in Florida.
As it turns out, Evans will be spearheading Belfort’s camp as he prepares to battle “Bones.”
“This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join [manager] Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach,” Belfort stated. “I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight.
“I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida.”
Although this will mark Evans’ first major coaching gig, Belfort’s decision to have “Suga” run the show is understandable. Theoretically, Evans knows Jones better than any other light heavyweight on the planet.
Not only were they former training partners at Greg Jackson’s gym, but he is also the only man to spend 25 minutes inside the Octagon with Jones in a real fight. Jones posted a unanimous decision win over his prior mentor at UFC 145 in April.
Jones will stand across the cage from Belfort on September 22nd. If the champ peeks just over his opponent’s shoulder, his archenemy will be there, too.