Most fighters are apprehensive when asked to assess an upcoming opponent’s abilities. However, UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold is cut from a different cloth and is more than happy to offer some insight into how he’s viewing Vitor Belfort walking into their scrap on Saturday night at UFC on FX 8
According to Rockhold, the way he matches up with Belfort should limit the Brazilian’s arsenal to an extent regardless of where the action takes place.
He recently told MMAJunkie…
“(Belfort) is using more kicks, but being a southpaw vs. southpaw, it’s going to nullify a lot of the kicks for him. He’s really heavy with the left high kick. I think I have more diversity in my kicks, and I’m going to use that to my advantage.”
“If it goes to the ground, I think it’s my world. I know he’s a longtime black belt, but black belts don’t mean sh*t to me.”
“I definitely want to keep it exciting and high-paced and keep a lot of pressure on Vitor,” he said. “I feel like I can beat him anywhere, and I have to employ my range and my kickboxing. I’m not going to just straight box with Vitor. That would be stupid.”
“It’s really going to refine my skills and perfect my striking and make me be very precise. I expect a different fight for me.”
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