Luke Rockhold: I have more heart than Vitor Belfort, my advantage is everywhere


Former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold will be making his UFC debut next month in Brazil against a legend in the one and only Vitor Belfort. The young AKA product is beyond fired up to make his mark on the world’s biggest MMA promotion, and he started up the trash talk this week, telling MMA Mania:

“I think my advantage is everywhere, really. Vitor will always have fast hands, he has good power, but I pose a lot of problems myself. I’m a longer fighter, I have better kicks than him. I believe my advantages are on the ground, in wrestling, in the distance in the stand up. I have plenty of ways to win this fight. And most of all, I got more heart than Vitor. I think I’m more of a man than Vitor.”

Quite the bold words from a man who hasn’t even stepped into the Octagon once. Indeed, Rockhold may hold the advantage in some areas over Belfort, or he may not. It’s very debatable at this point because both fighters are near the top of the division. They both also possess a litany of skills and weapons in the cage, Belfort with his jiujitsu and Rockhold with the wrestling he’s most likely learned from Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier, and Jon Fitch at AKA. Rockhold knows that Belfort also has one other advantage on his side, his now widely-known use of TRT. Rockhold isn’t scared though, and in fact he claimed quite the opposite:

I’m fired up about [his testosterone replacement therapy, TRT]. It just fuels me even more. It just motivates me to train and it just puts a little chip on my shoulder. I’m pushing myself like nobody else. It sounds like I’ve got lots of fans out there and once I beat Vitor, obviously, I’ll bring everybody to my side. From what I hear, a lot of Brazilians don’t like Vitor. They don’t like his cheating ways and I’m getting a lot of support on social media from Brazilians. So, I’m excited. I get a free trip to Brazil, I get paid, and I get to kick someone’s ass.”

Luke Rockhold has come out with authority, stating than many of Belfort’s countrymen don’t even support the longtime UFC contender. But many other Brazilians do support Belfort, so it will be interesting to see how the Brazilian crowd reacts when the two lock horns May in three weeks. How do you compare the skills of Rockhold and Belfort for this pivotal matchup?


  • my hands are steel – belfort…tko 3rd

  • vitors stand up and ground game are on another level than rockholds!! i give him the advantage in cardio and maybe wrestling!!! and the cardio will not make a difference because vitor will knock him out in the 1 or 2 round!!!

  • You can say a lot about Vitor but heart is one thing that guy has miles of.

    • Vitor? Kazushi Sakuraba vs Vitor Belfort, watch that fight.

    • Vitor is actually notorious for being a fast starter and if it doesn't go his way early he mentally switches off and isn't in the fight as much

    • You can say a lot about Vitor but testosterone is one thing that guy has miles of.

      There fixed it for ya.

  • i cant wait for rockhold to get knocked out. hes a big talker and to be honest he should put a few good ufc fighters away before he opens his mouth like that, specially towards a legend like belfort.

  • DG1

    Talking like that just makes him look like a loser. Say that about Chael, fine, because that's Chael's game. But not Vitor. Earth to Luke: A big mouth does not equal a big heart. Vitor does his talking in the ring, and on May 18, he'll be talking a lot louder then you. Vitor's got more heart than you ever will.

  • LAME

  • anyone else surprised Rockhold is the favourite?