Vitor Belfort Promises to Finish His Career Strong

You may say that Vitor Belfort has what it takes to become one of the most prestigious fighters of his generation. Many have commented that he has been short in his bid to capture the middleweight belt from Anderson Silva and of course his defeat against champion Jon Jones at last year’s UFC 152 headliner in September 2012 was not to be overlooked.

But from his recent win over Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 headliner on May 18, 2013, he sent Rockhold to oblivion as he delivered a spinning heel kick and several punches that got him the win in just 2 minutes and 32 seconds of round 1. This fight showed that he has the will power and the strength to prove himself time and again.

According to his interview at Fox Sports after his victory, Belfort explained how he was able to take care of Rockhold in just a few minutes of round 1: “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 strength. Just as I used to be strong then, I am strong now.” He added: “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.” He also mentioned: “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.”

Before The Phenom won over Rockhold, he was able to defeat Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 with a TKO in less than 2 minutes of round 2. And before he was defeated by Jones in UFC 152, he won over Yoshihiro Akiyama in UFC 133 via knock out and Anthony Johnson at UFC 142 via submission. Let’s see what the 36 year old from Rio de Janeiro has in store for fans as he continues to submit one great fighter to another!

It’s A Whole New Fight with Cain Velasquez as He Faces Antonio Silva at UFC 160

Cain Velasquez was interviewed via conference call to promote his next match against Antonio Silva which is scheduled on May 25, 2013. He has beat the impressive Brazilian before when they met at UFC 146 in May 2012 via technical knockout in just 3 minutes and 36 seconds of round one but this does not mean that he will take for granted their second match.

When asked about his expectations and preparations for this match, he replied: “This is a whole new fight. Obviously, we saw what Bigfoot can do in his past two fights.” He added: “You can’t take him lightly. He’s a tough competitor and really dangerous in the Octagon. I don’t see it as anything less than a hard, gruelling fight. That is what I am expecting.”

When Velasquez was asked about the most important thing about his fights: “To me, [defending the belt] is the most important thing, just hold onto it. This is the position I want to be in. I have to go out there and perform.” He also added: “As far as motivation, it’s there. A rematch is what it is. We fought before and you learn from that fight, but you can’t think too much of it.”

Cain Velasquez is a 30 year old heavyweight fighter from Salinas, California, USA. He holds an impressive record of 11 wins and only one loss. His latest win was against Junior dos Santos in a headline fight last December 2012 where he won via unanimous decision. This was their second matchup and during the first, dos Santos had the upper hand where he knocked out Velasquez in less than 4 minutes of round 1. This was Velasquez’s only loss. He has won over spectacular fighters like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ben Rothwell, Denis Stojnic and Brad Morris to name a few.

Antonio “Pezao” Silva on the other hand is a 33 year old fighter from Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil. He has a total of 18 wins and only 4 losses in his professional career. He has recently won over strong fighters like Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 and Travis Browne at UFC on FX 5. He has lost to Velasquez in 2012 via technical knockout.

UFC 160 will be on May 25, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

UFC on Fox Sports 1 Return to Indianapolis

It’s back to Indianapolis for the Ultimate Fighting Championship as the popular MMA franchise returns to the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on August 28, 2013. This is UFC’s second event held on Fox Sports 1.

Details of UFC on Fox Sport 1 were announced Saturday evening as UFC officials and spokesperson for Bankers Life Fieldhouse held an announcement before the press. The show was scheduled on August 28 but the tickets will not be on sale yet until June 14, 2013. This much-awaited MMA event will be held at the TD Garden in Boston.

So who will headline UFC on Fox Sports 1? Reportedly it will be a welterweight duel between Thiago Alves and Matt Brown. These two are thought to be the best in their divisions but let us look at each fighter up close.

Thiago “Pitbull” Alves is a 29 year old welterweight from Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil with 20 wins and only 9 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a loss against Martin Kampmann at UFC on FC 2 headline event last March 3, 2012; he was defeated via submission in 4 minutes and 13 seconds of round 3. Before his lost to Kampmann, he won against Papy Abedi at UFC 138 – Leben versus Munoz in November 2011; Abedi submitted after Alves applied a rear-naked choke and ended the match in just 3 minutes and 32 seconds of round 1. He had on and off victories from 2009 till 2010 but he has defeated strong fighters like Matt Hughes, Josh Kocheck, Chris Lytle and Karo Parisyan to name a few.

His opponent is Matt “The Immortal” Brown. He is a 32 year old fighter from Xenia, Ohio, United States. He currently has 17 wins and 11 lose in his professional career. His recent win was at UFC on Fox 7 Henderson versus Melendez in April 20, 2013 against Jordan Mein. He ended the match with a TKO in just a minute of round 2. His win against Mein was his 6th consecutive victory at the Octagon since 2012. He has been victorious over Chris Cope, Stephen Thompson, Luis Ramos and Mike Swick.

More details about UFC on Fox Sports 1 will be announced weeks before the fight. This is UFC’s second time in Indianapolis; the first one was back in 2010 in a heavyweight event between Frank Mir and Mirko Filiipovic.