UFC 152: Presenting Vitor Belfort's armory for the fight with Jon JonesPosted on August 29, 2012, 11:46 AM by Anton Gurevich
Speaking on Fuel TV's UFC Tonight, multi-time UFC champion Vitor Belfort stated that Jon Jones is "the best fighter of all time". According to Belfort, Jon Jones is "the new breed", who deserves respect even from a decorated veteran such as himself:
"Here I am with 35 years old, 17 years into my career, fighting the best fighter of all-time, in the history of the UFC, a guy who's [considered] the best athlete in MMA," he told FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight (via MMAJunkie.com)" "He's the new breed. I have a lot of respect for the guy, but I'm ready to put up a fight and take the competition to a high level. How many guys (are left) from my generation?" he asked. "I come from the generation of Tank Abbott, Dan Severn, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie – that generation. How many guys from my generation are still [competitive] that way?"
Belfort has also labeled the fight with Jon Jones as old lion vs. young lion, and old breed vs. new breed. Bookmakers have Belfort as a 13-1 underdog, which in my opinion is absolutely ludicrous. Belfort definitely has what it takes to shock the world against Jon Jones.
Here are the four main weapons Vitor Belfort will have at his disposal on September 22, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:
In my humble opinion, Vitor Belfort will have a tremendous psychological advantage over Jon Jones at UFC 152. At this point of his Mixed Martial Arts career, Vitor Belfort knows he has absolutely nothing to lose. You can't say the same about Jon Jones, who will try to prove a point on September 22nd. I don't agree with Chael Sonnen calling Jon Jones a "mental midget", but there's definitely something in the champ that makes him vulnerable to psychological warfare.
That's a pure cliche, but still, Vitor Belfort's experience inside the Octagon shouldn't be underestimated. It's important to understand that Belfort faced so many different fighters by fighting at Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, and Middleweight. He has more fights than Jon Jones, and the know-how to win fights as a deep underdog. In his last fight, Belfort fought a much bigger opponent in Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. Nevertheless, "The Phenom" managed to dictate the pace throughout the fight, before getting a submission victory. This fight showed that Belfort's MMA experience could be an indispensable tool when facing younger, bigger, and stronger fighters such as Jon Jones.
Belfort's hands speed is legendary. But unfortunately for "The Phenom", Jon Jones will have a huge 10-inch reach advantage. That's a lot, even for a decorated KO such as Belfort. Nevertheless, Belfort has one-punch KO power that could surprise Jon Jones, and in combination witht he mentioned above hands speed, Jon Jones' reach could be the only thing to save him. There should be no "feel out process". Belfort has to come out guns blazing with an ill will to KO the young lion, because if not, the Brazilian legend will find himself outgunned by Jon Jones' freakish reach.
Vitor Belfort is not exactly known for submitting his opponents, nevertheless, he's a serious threat on the ground. Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Belfort would love to play the submission game with Jon Jones. In contrast to striking, where one good punch can end the fight, ground game requires more craftiness than luck. That's perhaps where I think Vitor Belfort has a clear advantage over Jon Jones. If this fight goes to the ground, I think JJ will immediately realize that the best way to fight Vitor Belfort is on his feet.