“He’s a complete fighter,” Belfort said of Belcher in an interview with Sherdog.com this week. “He kicks well and he’s really improved his ground skills with [Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach] Daniel Moraes. He’s a tough fighter, young and dedicated, and an excellent opponent in this weight class. That’s why I’m training with the lions.”
The “lions” Belfort refers to are the Blackzilians, a team based out of the Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach, Fla., featuring the likes of Rashad Evans, Gesias Cavalcante, Danillo Villefort, Cosmo Alexandre, Carlos Augusto Filho, and coached by Mario Sperry, among others. It’s a new phase in training which has “The Phenom” excited.
“I needed tough training, so I went to the Blackzilians. They have excellent, high-level fighters. I’m very happy with this training because I needed to be pushed. I needed sparring partners,” Belfort explained. “I’m happy. I feel like new. I’m coming home very happy and joyful.”
A win over Belcher could put Belfort close to another shot at the UFC middleweight belt, but the 35-year-old isn’t thinking about that at the moment.
“I’m just thinking of one fight at a time, and now I’m thinking only about Alan Belcher. What happens after that, the results will decide. Such results will happen, and I’m preparing for them to be positive.”