So I'm watching UFC Top 100 fights and I see a young Randy( Mid-30) vs Vitor Belfort. And then at commercial break, I see he's coming back to the UFC. I've heard he was good, but I don't know how good or what his skills are. And since you guys know more than me, I thought I would ask.
Very fast hands, KO power, good boxing, GREAT BJJ, we just dont really see it because his hands are so good but hes always done well at ADCC. If he has any weaknesses, it may be his conditioning and his mental game. This has always been his problem in the past and though everyones really quick right now to say the "old" vitor is back, the old vitor's conditioning was never great and we havnt seen him fight a high enough quality opponent to really test him.
I think he has endless talent and poses a threat to anyone in any weight division but franklin is where im putting my money, consistency is the key here.
He was the UFC heavyweight champ before the weight classes were what they are now if I'm not mistaken. He's got quitters in both hands and throws flurries like no one else in mma. I mean he swarms on people when he sees blood. He's one of the few guys I think could give Silva trouble due to his aggressiveness and power but I'm not sure he'll beat Franklin, if that makes any sense. I like Franklin a lot, but I want to see Belfort come back and do some things. He's easily one of the most exciting fighters in mma.
It's not that he can't, it's just not sure that he will. Aside from Silva [and maybe Henderson] Franklin's kicked just about everyone he's foughts ass. Talent wise Belfort's a stud, but as others have said I'm not sure he has what it takes mentally. This is a serious return fight, but the UFC obviously thinks highly of him.
Pretty sure he was gonna replace Barnett against Fedor before Affliction folded, or merged or whatever. That should speak somewhat about his game, especially considering the size disadvantage.
Definitely one of the most talented people in MMA. He was only 19 when he demolished Tank Abbott. I don't know many 19 year olds that could do that. He didn't earn the nickname "The Phenom" for nothing. A lot of questions have been raised about if he would live up to his potential or if he could come back after the kidnapping of his sister. He's looked great in his last 2 fights and he still has unreal hand speed.
Trust me dude Brazillian girls aren't like that, and have to deal with the stigma of being just sex fiends. It's way harder to get laid in Brazil than most guys think... they're cool with kissing but rarely will they just fuck for no reason. Keep in mind most of these girls are catholic, so they're 'easy' but you have to jump through a lot of hoops. ON TOP OF THAT if you're American they basically just assume you're there to hole as many broads as possible and leave... so they don't want much to do with you.
And btw, Tan, Brunette, green eyes?? WTF do you think brazillian girls are? lol
in my eyes vitor was or still is one of the most talented guys in mma. he was so young wen he started a run on the title and he just demolished all of them.
Then i think he became a vicitm of bad management. Nobody was there who told him there will come some old guys who fought wars. He always won so quick and everybody told him he is the best. Then the old wrestler wore him down, tested him in the deep waters and he lost.
there was nobody who rebuild him. told him it is some kind of a learning process. Vitor rapidly lost his grip in his career.
bad fights came ... strange career movements and so on.
But now he dropped down a weight class and rebuilt him on his own. if he is now a mental grown up and overcame his stepping stones he has the potential to quickly gain the title in the UFC. But i don't know if rich franklin is the best guy for the first fight in the cage after such a long octagon absence.
Maybe its a recipe for the next downfall. we will se (with a great fight garantee)
Belfort is a better boxer than Anderson. Anderson's kicking is better. I would say Belfort has better BJJ (have seen Belfort sparring live, never seen Anderson so maybe I misjudge him.)
When Belfort fought in the UK he used to come and train with Roger, he was being coached by Draculinho at the time and I had the pleasure of training with Draculinho a couple of times. That guy knows BJJ!