"I'll knock him out. He better be prepared for me. I'm there to fight, I'm there to win. It's going to be a lion facing a lion. I'm going to win. I'm going to push the pace. The plan is to defeat him." -Vitor Belfort via UOL Esporte
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort is not going into his upcoming title fight against current champion Jon Jones just to collect a payday, or to test himself against a man many consider to be the greatest talent in MMA history. He's approaching this fight like every one of his 30 professional fights before it. He's going in to knock someone out and he's very successful at it.
In, fact, a full two-thirds of the Brazilians wins have come via KO/TKO and Belfort is widely considered to be one of the best boxers in the sport. He actually fought in a professional boxing match back in 2006 winning, not surprisingly, via first round KO. The former heavyweight actually kicked around the idea of turning pro in that sport as well, but ultimately decided that MMA was the better route.
He's looking to make that decision pay off when he steps inside the Octagon at UFC 152 on Sept. 22 opposite Jones. The fight will cap an exciting night of action and also feature the UFC's very first flyweight title fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.