Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort were once stood across the cage from each other, preparing to do battle while Bruce Buffer announced their UFC 152 title match. The former light-heavyweight champion Belfort was coming off a first round submission win over Anthony Johnson at 133, and looked to claim the title from the young and talented Jones.
After nearly winning by submission himself, ‘The Phenom’ succumbed to a fourth round Americana by ‘Bones’. Two years on and Jones is still the champion at 205 pounds, and Belfort now fights (mainly) as a middleweight. News emerged today by Sportv.globo that the two are now set to train together, as translated by MMAMania.com:
“I’m planning to train with Vitor on Friday in Miami. I’m meeting him in a private gym, we’ll train together, see if we have good chemistry and maybe we’ll become training partners in the future. I don’t know if he’ll join Jackson’s. He looked for me, called me, said he’d like to train with me. I have to go to Miami on my way to New York City anyway, so I switched my flight to New York City for Friday night, so I can have lunch with him, train, talk to him. We might become training partners in the future.”
So there is the possibility that Belfort could begin training at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, which could prove very instrumental for the Brazilian old school legend. Already experiencing a rejuvenation in his stellar career, ‘The Phenom’ might get the extra push towards the title from training in a new atmosphere.
It’s likely that both men will benefit from training alongside each other, and I’d be intrigued to see the results. Will Belfort still be the ‘Tyrannosaurus’ without his T, or will it be too late for the old dog?