Vitor Belfort Joins Blackzilians Camp In Preparation For Jon Jones; Rashad Evans To Serve As Head Coach
"As one of the early champions in the UFC and one of the most popular fighters in the world today, it is an honor to call Vitor Belfort a Blackzilian," said Robinson. "Yesterday it was announced that he will fight for the title at UFC 152. Everyone here at ASM will do whatever it takes to ensure he has the best training camp and exits the Octagon on September 22 as the new UFC light heavyweight champion."
"This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach," said Belfort in a release. "I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight. I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida."
Belfort won the light heavyweight title from Randy Couture in 2004, and at the time was the youngest UFC champion in history. He stunned fans with his debut in 1996 and quickly earned fame as one of the most aggressive, fastest strikers in the sport. He has fought across all three now Zuffa-owned promotions including PRIDE, UFC and Strikeforce.
He last competed in his native country of Brazil at UFC 142, earning a first round victory over Anthony Johnson. The victory marked his seventh in eight outings, having also bested the likes of Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin and Yoshihiro Akiyama. Belfort will compete in the main event of UFC 152 against reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, after Lyoto Machida and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua both turned down a shot at the title.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will serve as Belfort's head coach for his entire training camp, assisted by Henri Hooft, Mario Sperry, Jorge Santiago and Marco and Flavius Silva.