Vitor Belfort, the next man to challenge UFC light-heavyweight Jon Jones for his title, spoke on a recent edition of ‘UFC Tonight’ and revealed that he considers his UFC 152 opponent, the best fighter of all time.
“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’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.
I’m so thankful for Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) to trust me and to give me the opportunity. I’m really going to a division that I don’t fight in anymore, but I have history. I think I have the right to go in there and fill (in) as a replacement.
How many guys (are left) from my generation? 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? Don’t miss this. Toronto on the 22nd. You guys will see the old lion vs. the young lion, the old-fashoned fighter with the new breed.”