Vitor Belfort is a spiritual man, who just so happens to also be
one of the most talented and gifted fighters competing in the UFC
Saturday in Goiania, Brazil, the man known as “The Phenom” will step into the
Octagon for the third time this year, looking to build on his
consecutive knockout victories over Michael Bisping and Luke
Rockhold when faces off with Dan Henderson in a rematch of their
Pride 32 encounter that fell in favor of the American wrestler and
“It’s a privilege for me, 36-years-old, to step into
that cage and still perform at a high level, because I want it and
I love it,” Belfort says in this visually stunning
behind-the-scenes look at his preparations for his encounter with
Henderson that headlines this weekend’s 11-fight UFC Fight Night card.
A perennial contender, Belfort’s previous knockout wins
over Bisping and Rockhold could have been enough to elevate him
into position to once again challenge for the middleweight title,
but a second shot at the championship strap in the 185-pound weight
class has not materialized.
Undeterred, the former UFC tournament winner and light
heavyweight champion continues to press forward, accepting whatever
challenge is placed in front of him, ready to do whatever it takes
to earn another shot at UFC gold.
“We are not made to give up,” philosophizes Belfort
in the video, produced by RVCA and shot by Ryan Loco.
“So when you’re facing a wall, going back is not an
option anymore. You’ve just got to find a way.”
Saturday night in Goiania, Belfort will be trying to find a way
to do something no competitor has been able to do yet – knock
out the iron-jawed veteran Henderson. While the former Pride and
Strikeforce champion has been submitted – once by Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira, and once by Anderson Silva – the
43-year-old veteran has never been stopped by strikes.
Though Belfort certainly has the power and past history of
finishes to make a knockout win over his familiar foe a
possibility, the spiritual fighter says the outcome is not
something he can control.
“Outcome? It’s an outcome – it’s in
God’s hands – but how I’m going to face the
outcome? Motivated. Excitement.”