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Old 05-19-2013, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vitor Belfort: I Made A Promise to UFC, Family to Finish My Career Strong

The sentence that really resonated with me is the one in bold. I just hope he completes that at 205 or after Anderson retires.

Few could deny that Vitor Belfort has been on a roll of late.

“The Phenom” has won four of his last five fights since coming up short in his bid to capture the UFC middleweight title from Anderson Silva, with only a short-notice defeat to reigning light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound standout Jon Jones marring his record in that span.

On Saturday night, Belfort notched another of his trademark knockouts, finishing former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold in the UFC on FX 8 main event at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. The victory was not brought about by Belfort’s famous left hand, however, as the Brazilian instead clipped Rockhold with a gorgeous spinning heel kick that planted the American on the canvas. What followed was vintage Belfort, with the former light heavyweight champion battering Rockhold into unconsciousness with ground-and-pound midway through the opening frame.

Belfort, who made his professional debut in 1996 as a heavyweight, was once regarded by many as MMA’s poster child for squandered potential. However, that has changed with the 36-year-old’s resurgent success since dropping to 185 pounds nearly five years ago.

“I was part of two jungles. I’m the T-Rex, surviving in this new jungle, so I’m rebuilding myself, and God has given me the strength. Just as I used to be strong then, I am strong now,” Belfort told Fox Sports following his victory over Rockhold. “I think it was just this burning inside of me that said, ‘You didn’t accomplish what you [could have].’ I lacked so many things in my career. I [made] so many mistakes. “Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] gave me the chance. I sat down with them, and I promised to give my best. I said I would finish as strong as I can. And I made a promise to my family and my spiritual father that I was going to finish strong,” Belfort continued. “If I don’t have the desire to go to the gym -- the desire to improve and [gain] new skills, then I should retire. I still have a lot of gas left in my tank. I thank God for giving me the strength.”

Belfort, who declined to call out an opponent following his spectacular knockout, attributes much of this year’s success to his camp, the Florida-based Blackzilians.

“I got [boxing coach] Pedro Diaz and [wrestling coach] Kenny Monday and [striking coach] Henri Hooft in my corner. I have the best team -- the Blackzilians,” said Belfort. “I have the best setup. They put me through training like a science. I was doing seven rounds of seven minutes with four different guys. We really have the best of the best in every area. The Blackzilians have a setup now like I never had in my life, and we have many great fighters, as well.”

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Old 05-19-2013, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Vitor has looked impressive since losing to Anderson, but he's in a tough place. I really don't see him beating Jones or Silva even though he has probably earn another title shot. I'm not that interested in seeing him fight any of them to be honest. Vitor vs Machida or Sonnen would be the next logically fight.
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I was really nice to see Vitor still adding layers to his game. So many of these veteran guys are just calling it quits on improving their skill set. It's like they've ether capped their ability of just figure it's as good as it's going to get.

I realize he's tested positive in the past and that's almost with out question why he needs the TRT today... but mistakes of the past are the past. I'm alright if he's on TRT if he's being very very very closely monitored with it.

If he doesn't surpass a normal level... then I don't really understand the issue.

Just losing his bodies natural ability to create test should be punishment enough.
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He's made so many mistakes and sadly he's still making them. Going back on steroids (whatever legal name it's given) will not help him finish his legacy strong. It will only tarnish it.

So what if he highlight reels a few more top 10s ... he isn't touching the belt so he's not building past what he had already built.

Vitor has always had so much potential, he was my first favorite fighter. I got into mma watching clips of him blasting through ferrozo, tank, wandy and so many more.

If only he had actually healed his past steroid use the right way, i believe he could still have added all these new tricks and accomplished even more. What he's doing right now is just the equivalent of getting over a hangover by doing shots in the morning.
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He is going through a loophole, but what counts is wins...flashy wins. Much like Mark Macquire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, although there was a price. Fact is though who isn't on some sort of PED these days.

Will this mar his legacy...maybe slightly...but it's not like blatant roid use. He's always had KO power. It's just that he's a lot older now and to return to form he's going through T therapy.

Regardless he's still a future hall of famer!
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He is going through a loophole, but what counts is wins...flashy wins. Much like Mark Macquire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, although there was a price. Fact is though who isn't on some sort of PED these days.

Will this mar his legacy...maybe slightly...but it's not like blatant roid use. He's always had KO power. It's just that he's a lot older now and to return to form he's going through T therapy.

Regardless he's still a future hall of famer!
The whole everyone is on PEDs thing is a such a bogus argument and nothing more than speculation IMO. I am fairly certain none of the champs are on it, and it is still very much a minority.

Most of the ones that are busted for it or come out on TRT are usually quite obvious, angry, trash talking, high energy.. either muscled hulks with bulging veins or drastic increase in muscle in short amounts of time. Then whenever they get busted everyone starts claiming like 99% of the world soaks their breakfast cereal in testosterone. Doubt it. It is just speculation to justify it in their heads.

I'd estimate not more twice as many UFC fighters use PEDs than the ones that have already been caught or are openly on TRT. That's it. It's a decent number but still a huge minority. Most others have natural builts and have none of the signs. Really it's not rocket science, even without the monstrous builts and agression levels the signs are obvious... enlarged nipples, acne, larger or disproportionate heads, withdrawal symptoms during random testing and so on. Maybe there are a handful like Sylvia and Barnett that don't display the classic signs, but most others like Overeem, Sherk, Cyborg, Mir, Vitor, Sonnen, Duffee, Marquardt etc. all did.

Also synthetic testosterone is very much a steroid. It is actually the same steroid that Vitor got busted for and suspended for years ago. A quack writing a piece of paper doesn't really change that.
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