It’s been a number of years since Vitor Belfort fought as a light heavyweight, while UFC champion Jon Jones has been tearing up the division since coming on the scene and has defended his title successfully against some of the sport’s top competitors including Rashad Evans. However, Evans has been working alongside Belfort for the past few weeks to help prepare him for this weekend’s short notice title-fight and has come out of the camp with a newfound appreciation for the Brazilian’s skills.
Evans gave his opinion on the UFC 152 match-up in a recent interview and made it clear people shouldn’t be sleeping on Belfort’s chances to win no matter what the odds might say.
“I think it’s a huge mistake to consider him an underdog because this is an MMA fight,” stated Evans in an interview with MMAWeekly. “You’ve seen some of the most dramatic finishes and upsets in this sport. It only takes a second. Anyone at this elite level, no matter what your rank, has a chance to beat someone. It may be your night; it may not be your night.”
“I definitely think Vitor can knock him out. Vitor has probably the fastest hands I’ve seen in MMA, and besides that, he has the power behind it too,” Evans concluded. “If you look at all his experience, he’s been doing this since Jon Jones was like in the third grade. He has been doing this a long time.”
Belfort’s hand-speed and power are two of the qualities the 35-year old is most often associated with. He holds an overall record of 21-9 with fourteen knockouts including strike-based stoppages of Yoshihiro Akiyama, Wanderlei Silva, and Rich Franklin.
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