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UFC 133’s Vitor Belfort Credits His Success In Life With Being Happy

Posted on by Andrew Gladstone

Vitor Belfort

Vitor Belfort

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (19-9) enters the Octagon for the 13th time in his career when he meets Yoshihiro Akiyama this Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for UFC 133.

The Xtreme Couture standout and Carlson Gracie black belt had a scare a few months back that took him out of training for a few weeks, when he contracted Hepatitis A.  But Belfort stayed positive and has overcome the illness.

“Thank God I’m healed, every day is a training for me,” Belfort told MMAWeekly Radio.

“For me life is a practically daily training.  Everything you do is how you prepare yourself for your future.  A lot of people think it’s just a roll for fame, money, or status.  I’m not looking for crown; I’m taking wisdom in way of which to live life, with principles and matters.  Every day I learn visually, I learn practically, repetition by repetition, I learn from reading, so I never stop training and I always improve myself as a professional and as a man.”

With the Akiyama fight a few days away, Belfort remains excited for the challenge and believes that the style match-up between him and his Japanese opponent will please the fans in Philly.

“He’s a tough fighter. He brings the heat.  He likes to stand. He likes to trade. So he’s a pretty intense fighter. He looks pretty aggressive, and he looks like he likes to fight.  It looks like we have a good match-up that the fans will enjoy, and we will be bringing the fire for the fans.”

Belfort started competing at the highest levels back in 1997 at the tender age of 19.  Over the course of time, Belfort has stayed at the top while he has seen witnessed many of his former adversaries start declining with age or retires from the sport.

The 34-year-old believes the most important key to his success and longevity in the sport is that he is happy with what he does.

“I just thank God every day. I’m happy. I’m healthy.  Bottom line is it’s just the way you treat life and life will treat you back. Make sure you’re happy with whatever is going on in your life.  I think the key of life is just be happy with what’s in front of you and the decision of my life is under God and God knows what’s best for me.

“I listen to my body in learning and it’s very important that if you’re doing a sport like that, that you listen to your body.  You need to be careful and understand that you have to listen to the nature.  That’s basically what I do, it’s not an easy thing, but it’s just the way of life. You treat life the way life is going to treat you.”

  • Umbreon

    getting kicked in the face = happy

  • afk

    bi-winning

  • Unador

    This ought to be a good fight. I like Belfort just fine, but don’t think he’s a good mma fighter. Fast hands, maybe the fastest. But what about defense? ( kick to the head )
    Or kicks, or take downs or bjj.
    he’s been on top a long time? I thought he was out of action a long time? didn’t his sister get kidnaped? or am I getting my Brazillians mixed up?
    Akiyama doesn’t seem to have the stamina UFC demands, but he can take the punches better than any Japaneese guy I’ve ever witnessed. I think maybe he should drop down to 170 for increased cardio performance. But I don’t expect he will, I think his size is part of his success in Japan, in fighting and acting and modeling? he’s some kind of greek hero over there.
    I really don’t see a reason to keep akiyama in the UFC except for international mma political reasons. And after Belfort’s less then mediocre performances, I say this is a charity fight for both of them from the UFC.
    Kinda like Griffon and Franklin. Neither of those guys were going to prove anything in that fight.
    But this is still a good match up, I doubt we see one of them play it safe like Forrest did.

  • armendo420

    Unador

    This ought to be a good fight. I like Belfort just fine, but don’t think he’s a good mma fighter. Fast hands, maybe the fastest. But what about defense? ( kick to the head )
    Or kicks, or take downs or bjj.

    ARE U SERIOUS????????????? COME ON U TOOK ALL THAT TIME TO WRITE ALL THAT!! AND U DONT NO JACK SHIT!!!!!!!!!!! DUDE GETS KICKED IN THE FACE ONE TIME AND EVERYBODY SAYS HE HAS NO DEFENCE!!!!!!!!! LOLOL HE CAN AND WILL KILL OVER 2/3s OF THE DIVISON!!!!!!!! KNOW UR SHIT THERE GUY!!!!!!

    • Unador

      It isn’t the fact that this guy got kicked in the head. The front kick is the jab or kicks, the most under used strike in the game.

      Beltor STOPED MOVING. Did you watch the fight? He stoped moving and stood flat foot still right infront of Anderson.
      Pow, kicked in the face.

      For a pro, he sure failed to capitalize on the knowledge that Anderson’s only weakness is on the ground. ANd the guy is a great bjj practitioner, so it’s not much of a weakness, but his stand up is stellar. Did Belfort look like he had any plan other than to stand and trade with Silva?
      He should have been going for a take down instead of just standing still.
      Doesn’t matter how many black belts he has if he can’t perform in the cage.

    • aaronlol

      Sorry but it is immensely hard to take someone serious that says “u don no what u r talking about”……and the typing in caps…..oh and “stupedity” is not actually a real word. You might wanna start talking like an adult before anyone even considers listening to what you have to say.
      On top of that, everyone thinks they know everything about MMA and fighters but the reality is most people undersell how much talent fighters really have and the fact that no one REALLY knows how the fight will play out.

  • armendo420

    VITOR IS A FUCKIN BLACK BELT IN BJJ

    • Unador

      a black belt eh? You know belts are used to hold your pants up right?

      YOU FLAMIG KNOW EVERYONE IN THE UFC HAS SOME KIND OF BLACK BELT AND ONE OF THOSE GUYS LOSES! at every flaming fight!

      Just because you got a black belt doesn’t mean your good.
      Lots of people have their license, but they aint nascar ready. Got’s lots of people with CDL license and some are still terrible drivers.

      Time to back a bowl and stfu Armend 420.

  • armendo420

    lolol dont get mad cuz u dont no what the fuck ur talkin about guy he got his black belt in brazil and he has kill stand up skills so think of some more shit there lil fella!!!!!!!!!! lolol ur a funny guy!!!!!!! make sure u add something else i get a laugh out of ur stupedity!!!!!!!!

  • Unador

    Stupedity incoming….

    no clue who shitty blood stain lane is
    and the reference is ineffective.

    I like Vitor, but he’s 19 and 9.

    9 flaming losses. I know he’s fought some bigger guys, but if I give you credit for Vitor being a BLACK BELT IN BJJ, then he should have won those fights against the bigger guys.
    but I don’t give you or vitor credit for being a black belt in bjj. Lot’s of people have black belts in BJJ, doesn’t mean they all exhibit the same level of skill. Nor does it mean they all execute te bjj martial when they enter combat.
    He’s got fast hands.
    if he had good stand up skills he would look like Frankie Edgar, always moving.
    but he isn’t
    because he’s not that good.
    Everytime he fights someone that is good, he gets a big “L”.

    laugh it up, it’s free

  • BigGuy

    You should see some of the black belts where I train. They could be beaten by teenagers! A black belt is only as good as the athlete that holds it. There are a lot of pro basketball players, but there is only one Michael Jordan!

    By the way, does Vitor equate being happy with having his face kicked in by Anderson Silva? Whomever wrote this article is a fucking dildo!