Ahead of his November 7 trilogy against Dan Henderson, former middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort (pictured) has bolted from the Blackzilians to formulate a team of his own, OTB.
Belfort called upon an old friend in Shotokan karate legend Vinicio Antony to help him make the transition.
“Vitor called me saying that he wanted to make a different camp now,” Antony told Sherdog.com. “He left the Blackzilians and decided to make his own team, OTB, also in Boca Raton, Fla., and wanted to bring together more of a family team to build new energy in this new phase of his career. I could only stay for 20 days, but we used that time in the best way possible.”
Anthony has worked with Belfort sporadically since 2001, but their relationship became more intense when Belfort battled Rich Franklin at UFC 103. They have since partnered together on a camp-to-camp basis since TKO’ing Franklin in 2009.
Belfort is no stranger to switching camps, so “The Phenom’s” latest move isn’t a complete shock within the MMA community. What everyone is interested in seeing if he’s adapted better to life without the assistance of testosterone replacement therapy.
In his first fight off TRT, Belfort’s body appeared drastically different in a TKO defeat to reigning UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman at UFC 187. Now that the 38-year-old has had additional time to adjust to a TRT-free lifestyle, Anthony claims Belfort is as bad as ever.
“Of course, his body needed some time to adapt without TRT, but I can say now that, through supplements and also the very nice work of a nutritionist, Vitor is totally adapted and is in great cardio and physical shape,” Anthony added. “I can guarantee you that you’re going to see a new version of Belfort.”
The rubber match goes down at UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Henderson took the first meeting in 2003, with Belfort evening the score a decade later with a highlight reel head kick KO.