Photo Gallery: Vitor Belfort prepares for UFC 133 bout with Yoshihiro AkiyamaPosted on August 1, 2011, 04:39 AM by Anton Gurevich
Only one week after the historic bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson, Ultimate Fighting Championship will return to action with a stacked UFC 133, headlined by a Light Heavyweight rematch between two former Champions - Tito Ortiz and "Suga" Rashad Evans.
Co-main event action of the night will feature a Middleweight collision between the Japanese superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama, and the former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, one of the best fighters to ever compete in MMA - Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian "Phenom" will look to bounce back from a disappointing loss against the fellow Anderson Silva back at UFC 126, with sights on another run for the UFC Middleweight title. This will be Belfort's second UFC bout as Middleweight, and his fourteenth overall for the promotion. After 15 years of competition, thirty-four year old Belfort holds a professional MMA record of 19-9, with 13 KO/TKO and 2 Submission victories.
Our photographer Scott Hirano traveled to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he followed Vitor Belfort in one of his final training sessions before taking off to Philadelphia for the fight against Akiyama. And judging by the photos, "The Phenom" prepares for war.
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