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ovylord
12-25-2010, 11:59 AM
Tyson can help Belfort a lot with his boxing. From what i seen Tyson understands the art of boxing. He would be a great trainer in my opinion but that's not his thing.



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Vitor Belfort finds inspiration outside of mixed martial arts, even has he prepares to meet Anderson Silva for the middleweight title at UFC 126 on Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has had a heavy influence on “The Phenom.”

“I was at his house and met his family,” Belfort told Radio Portal do Vale Tudo in Brazil. “I met his daught and wife, who is pregnant. It’s always nice to be in touch with people like him.”

Tyson, now 44, made history in 1986, when he won the WBC heavyweight championship at the age of 20, defeating the late Trevor Berbick by second-round technical knockout. He won his first 37 professional fights.

“Mike Tyson is a big idol, and he crossed the boundaries of sport,” Belfort said. “He was a great inspiration to many athletes and in my career since I was a child. We have much in common and had fame too soon. We always have good conversations.”

Belfort, who was 19 years old when he debuted in the UFC in 1997, believes Tyson’s expertise should be valued more and even invited the Brooklyn, N.Y., native to join his camp.

“I told him that he’s used badly, because he has great views of fighting,” Belfort said. “He knows a lot of martial arts, but they aren’t given the proper value. He said he wanted to be part of my camp, and it was a pleasure to be part of my training. I told him to come in and give me some tips. He’s an important person in the sport and was a great motivator for many successful fighters. I think it’s important to have a recovery.”

Belfort will carry a five-fight winning streak into his match with Silva. He praised the longtime champion and vowed to put forth his best effort when they meet. Should Belfort unseat Silva, he would become only the third man in history -- Randy Couture and B.J. Penn are the others -- to hold UFC championships in two different weight classes. The 33-year-old won the light heavyweight crown at UFC 46 in January 2004. Belfort remains committed on diversifying his training.

“It’s hard to expect anything from Anderson because he’s very thorough,” he said. “I’m seeking the fullness of everything, but I focused on jiu-jitsu and boxing; that’s my lethal weapon. I will also training karate, with Jayme Sandall coming in. I’m training muay Thai to practice the combination of blows. I’ll try to use wisdom, and if people think I only have a chance to win in the first round, I’ll show them they were wrong. I focus on things that need improving, and I’m working hard on that.”

Belfort also addressed the infamous face-to-face staredown between himself and Silva prior to UFC 112 in the United Arab Emirates. The two Brazilians were originally scheduled to meet there, but Belfort was forced to withdraw due to injury. He believes Silva has received the challenge in the wrong spirit.

“I think Anderson has the attitude of taking it personally,” Belfort said. “Afterward, I went to try to talk to him, and he said he wouldn’t talk to me. I think he was upset that I wanted to fight him, because he thought it was personal. It’s not personal; it’s a job. I thank God I was a guy who broke barriers and showed that people can grow. Some people who once criticized me now see me differently.”

Silva has won 13 consecutive fights since his disqualification loss to Yushin Okami in January 2006. He has held the UFC’s middleweight championship for more than four years.

“There’s a lot of pride involved, and people think I’m afraid,” Belfort said. “Afraid of what? Why would I be afraid of a man? If I have to win, I’ll win, and if I have to lose, I’ll lose. I don’t have reasons to be afraid.”

To that end, Belfort plans to resolve his differences with Silva in the ring. He wants to leave the pre-fight rhetoric to others.

“I was never a guy that wants to brag,” he said. “I taste things with my attitudes. There are people who say they will knock you out but end up with their butts on the floor. We’ve seen it enough. I’d rather be a normal person, and I understand the sport otherwise. I don’t need to do an evil face for people to think I’m a good fighter.

“I have to do my job. My job is to fight, and I try to do my best,” Belfort added. “There are many people who talk but don’t remember to do what they said they were going to do when the time comes. I’ve never been a talker. I’m more about doing.”

by Marcelo Alonso, Sherdog.com

Sweet Pea
12-25-2010, 01:19 PM
It kind of annoys me that Tyson does way more for the MMA community than he does for the boxing one nowadays. He's always involved in MMA, at the events no matter how big or small. You hear him doing a lot more MMA related interviews too.

ovylord
12-25-2010, 05:35 PM
It kind of annoys me that Tyson does way more for the MMA community than he does for the boxing one nowadays. He's always involved in MMA, at the events no matter how big or small. You hear him doing a lot more MMA related interviews too.

Well, boxing is more of a business than a sport nowadays. MMA can't afford being a business and not making the best fights they can. If we'll have GSP - Silva it will be like Pacroid - Floyd in boxing. I see nothing wrong in Tyson's attitude towards both of these sports. If people from MMA want his support he helps them. If no one in boxing (not fans) is interested how is Tyson you can be sure he will not force is way back.

imported_pacmantyson
12-27-2010, 07:18 AM
2 of my top favorite fighters preparing for belfort's next win. i like the sound of it. i'm guessing tyson can be a big help. belfort could beat silva on his own but w/ tyson in his corner it should be even easier for belfort.

imported_JK1700
12-30-2010, 12:03 AM
Nothing can save him from the great Anderson Silva.

ovylord
12-30-2010, 11:38 AM
Nothing can save him from the great Anderson Silva.

He is great indeed, but i have the feeling that this is going to be the toughest fight in Anderson's career.

Joa
12-30-2010, 11:42 AM
He is great indeed, but i have the feeling that this is going to be the toughest fight in Anderson's career.


Cant be much tougher than his last fight :))


Belfort is so mentally weak...he is likely to fall apart again. I can see him trying to go to the ground here, he does it when ever he fights a counter puncher, lacks confidence.

ovylord
12-30-2010, 12:22 PM
Cant be much tougher than his last fight :))


Belfort is so mentally weak...he is likely to fall apart again. I can see him trying to go to the ground here, he does it when ever he fights a counter puncher, lacks confidence.

Can't be much tougher but i think that fight can give Belfort a blueprint on how to beat Silva. And you shouldn't underestimate Belfort stand up. If Belfort is 100% physically and mentally that will be a very competitive fight.

Joa
12-30-2010, 12:24 PM
Can't be much tougher but i think that fight can give Belfort a blueprint on how to beat Silva. And you shouldn't underestimate Belfort stand up. If Belfort is 100% physically and mentally that will be a very competitive fight.


I would never underestimate his stand up, its truly awesome to watch his speed. But he normally grapples against counterpunchers haha. His punches leave him open (high chin) and he hesitates against counter punching.

If he is 100% mentally then he has a chance, but i dont think he has been that since the early UFC fights.

imported_JK1700
12-30-2010, 06:27 PM
Cant be much tougher than his last fight :))


Belfort is so mentally weak...he is likely to fall apart again. I can see him trying to go to the ground here, he does it when ever he fights a counter puncher, lacks confidence.

Come on now. Sonnen was roided out of his mind, Anderson fought injured and still beat him. Without the PED's, Chael doesnt make it out of the first round.

Belfort's only chance is to try and get in and out and land a big shot. If he just stands there and tries to counterpunch he will get picked apart. Likewise if he tries to grapple then he will get caught in the clinch and stopped that way. If he goes to the ground then he gets submitted. So his best chance is to try and get into exchanges and land that one big shot that could end the fight.

imported_pacmantyson
01-01-2011, 10:49 AM
I would never underestimate his stand up, its truly awesome to watch his speed. But he normally grapples against counterpunchers haha. His punches leave him open (high chin) and he hesitates against counter punching.

If he is 100% mentally then he has a chance, but i dont think he has been that since the early UFC fights.

lol, hesitates against counter punching?! did u watch his last 3 fights? they ended w/ him landing counter punching ko shots. are u one of the peeps who haven't watched any of belfort's recent fights yet claim u know all about his fighting?

Joa
01-01-2011, 10:58 AM
Come on now. Sonnen was roided out of his mind, Anderson fought injured and still beat him. Without the PED's, Chael doesnt make it out of the first round.

I agree, all i said was that it was a very hard fight :)). Being due to the peds or the broken rib does not change that point.


lol, hesitates against counter punching?! did u watch his last 3 fights? they ended w/ him landing counter punching ko shots. are u one of the peeps who haven't watched any of belfort's recent fights yet claim u know all about his fighting?

Lindland is a wrestler...also washed up. Martin is a bum and Franklin is past his best while also being Silva's bitch even when in his prime. Plus all 3 are not good counterpunchers.

imported_pacmantyson
01-01-2011, 10:59 AM
Come on now. Sonnen was roided out of his mind, Anderson fought injured and still beat him. Without the PED's, Chael doesnt make it out of the first round.

Belfort's only chance is to try and get in and out and land a big shot. If he just stands there and tries to counterpunch he will get picked apart. Likewise if he tries to grapple then he will get caught in the clinch and stopped that way. If he goes to the ground then he gets submitted. So his best chance is to try and get into exchanges and land that one big shot that could end the fight.

a fat out of shape travis luter was able to manhandle silva on the ground, so what makes u think a ped free sonnen couldn't? who really knows the whole truth about sonnen anyway? silva's rib injury claim sounds just as bogus as sonnen's excuse about the failed drug test.

belfort's an extremely quick straight puncher, so he has a shot at countering with silva who throws mainly wide shots with not a lot of power behind them. belfort clinched or submitted by silva?! no way in hell. there's also no way in hell silva will stop belfort's takedowns if belfort attempts them.

Joa
01-01-2011, 11:03 AM
silva who throws mainly wide shots with not a lot of power behind them.


:)) seriously? No really? Come on now....

ovylord
01-01-2011, 11:06 AM
a fat out of shape travis luter was able to manhandle silva on the ground, so what makes u think a ped free sonnen couldn't? who really knows the whole truth about sonnen anyway? silva's rib injury claim sounds just as bogus as sonnen's excuse about the failed drug test.

belfort's an extremely quick straight puncher, so he has a shot at countering with silva who throws mainly wide shots with not a lot of power behind them. belfort clinched or submitted by silva?! no way in hell. there's also no way in hell silva will stop belfort's takedowns if belfort attempts them.

I don't agree here, Silva throws hayemakers when it's the case but most of the time he throws short straight shots. The Griffin KO is one of the best fucking short punching i ever seen in MMA.