Vitor Belfort: “I make my own odds. I make my own atmosphere.”

UFC middleweight-turned-205er Vitor Belfort may be entering his September 22 scrap with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as a massive underdog but don’t tell him that. The 35-year old Belfort is busy training his tail off in Florida as part of the growing Blackzilians camp alongside the likes of Tyrone Spong and Rashad Evans. He also has a wealth of experience given his accomplishments over a fifteen-year career peppered with wins against some of MMA’s all-time greats.

Belfort recently spoke about his meeting with Jones at UFC 152 where he made it clear he’s not only going in there as a fill-in favor to management but to beat the title-holder and cement his legacy in the sport.

“I make my own odds. I make my own atmosphere,” explained Belfort in a video profile from GracieMag before acknowledging he understood why Jones was such a favorite in the fight. “I recognize I have the phenom history, he has the phenom history too. This guy is amazing.”

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Regardless of Jones’ current run or reputation for wowing against upper-echelon opponents, Belfort assured fans he’ll be leaving it all in the Octagon in a few weeks and hoping its enough to earn him the divisional strap.

“I’m gonna bring the fight. That’s what you can expect. A fight,” said a confident Belfort. “I’m gonna go to win, not just to be there getting a paycheck. Because the bottom line is, the only reason I’m still fighting is because I love it. I don’t need it – I want it.”