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  • 07-14-2008, 05:15 AM
    Shawn Tompkins said this about vitor "“You won’t see the Vitor of old. You will see a better Vitor than ever. He really looks unbelievable”"

    Read the full interview
    Vitor Belfort, the man once known as one of the most feared strikers at 205 lbs in the world looks to reinvent himself this Saturday at Affliction:Banned at 185 lbs against UFC veteran Terry Martin. It’s been a long road back for the ‘Phenom’ and a move to Xtreme Couture Las Vegas looks to be just what he needs to become a brand new Vitor.

    Belfort began fighting professional MMA in 1996, when he was 19 years old. He had hands that most boxers would envy, and a physique that could have won bodybuilder shows. In his first 12 fights, he only lost twice. A TKO loss to Randy Couture and was decisioned against Kazushi Sakaraba. Hardly something any fighter would be ashamed of.

    In June 2002 Belfort lost a decision to Chuck Liddell at UFC 37.5 and his fight career began a downward spiral. Including the Liddell fight, Vitor was beaten in 5 of his next 8 matches, which included a TKO win over Couture. But the fight was stopped due to an early cut that was opened up on the Natural. Randy avenged it 7 months later.

    Critics of Belfort began to question him. They said maybe the fame had gotten to Vitor. Maybe family tragedies had left him unable to care about fighting. Maybe he simply didn’t have it anymore. Critics were sympathetic toward their hero, but could not help asking: Will we ever see the Vitor of Old?

    Those close to Vitor knew what he was capable of dealing with. Not just with fighting, but with life. They also knew he would be back.

    Since a decision loss to Dan Henderson at Pride 32 in October 2006, Vitor has strung together 2 straight wins in Cage Rage and looks to make it 3 in a row Saturday night in Anaheim. And he’ll do it 20 lbs lighter.

    Having to hear constant questions about ‘The Old Vitor’, Belfort moved his camp to Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. After seeing the turnaround XC trainer Shawn Tompkins had given Wanderlei Silva in his preparation for Keith Jardine, Belfort’s management team contacted Tompkins and asked if he would work with the Brazilian.

    The answer of course, was yes.

    We caught up with Tompkins earlier this week and he said that he is,

    “Working as exclusively as possible with Vitor. Vitor just needs to get that aggression back. The same thing we were able to do for Wanderlei, we’re going to do with Vitor”.

    This will be Belfort’s first fight ever at 185 lbs, and given Vitor’s muscular frame, this may be a difficult cut. Tompkins says no way. “He’s walking around about 10 lbs over and there will be no issue with the weight. He looks great.”

    Tompkins helped turned Silva into the animal we were used to seeing, but when asked if he we would see the Vitor of Old on Saturday, Tompkins says no.

    “You won’t see the Vitor of old. You will see a better Vitor than ever. He really looks unbelievable”

    So if you’re looking for the old Vitor on Saturday night, you may not find him. This Vitor looks to be better than ever.
  • 07-14-2008, 04:21 AM
    If Vitor focuses, adapts his game (when you pin this guy against the ropes or cage.. he becomes pretty nullified.. time to work on that), and lets those hands go again.. Vitor could easily find himself back on the Top 10 (whether it be MW or LHW)... maybe even champion again.

    But unfortunately.. as big of a Vitor Belfort fan that I am.. that is a big if.....

    None the less, WAR BELFORT! I would love nothing more than to see Vitor come back with a vengeance..

    Completely focused or not.. I see him finishing Martin with a nice KO
  • 07-14-2008, 03:34 AM
    vegetable power
    Martin ain't never fought someone like vitor belfort, I say knock out in the first round. Terry Martin ain't got stand up skills like vitor.
  • 07-14-2008, 01:03 AM

    Very interesting results so far
  • 07-13-2008, 12:59 PM
    Anyone, well about anyone can become a contender with the right mentality, training an dedication.

    Vitor has the skills, now lets see if he can put them together.

    He has been bouncing around camps lately, anyone know why he left Chute. Or did he just come to Randy's for the final preparations for his fight
  • 07-13-2008, 12:52 PM
    I'm inclined to to think he's going to end up gatekeeping.
  • 07-13-2008, 10:06 AM
    holy shit, Aleks is only 26? (sorry, I looked at the site and was shocked by that)

    I used to like Martin, and I remember actually feeling bad for him when Irvin kneed him in the skull, but that was before I really knew him/of him/whatever. then he starts talking as if he's the second coming (and I realize, many fighters do that, but something about the way Martin did it just bugged me). so I'm gonna go for, could be a contender, but not a champion. he could get up to the championship fight, then somehow catch fire during the fight.

    Vitor R1 KO~!
  • 07-13-2008, 06:31 AM
    i say he can be a contender again....but he needs to get by TERRY MARTIN

    i hope he pounds TERRY MARTIN....there's something bout that MIKE TYSON look-a-like that makes me not like him

    WAR VITOR!!!
  • 07-13-2008, 04:49 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Diegonightmare View Post
    The site lists it as 185, and that's what I've heard, but you could be correct.
    Hm, you're right. I could've sworn I read that somewhere reliable, though...maybe they made a mistake too.

    Looking forward to seeing Vitor at 185, though.
  • 07-13-2008, 04:24 AM
    He can be a contender. I mean really his only loses in the the last few years have been to Top I dont see why he can't contend.

    Vitor by submission rd 1.
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