History Is Why Vitor Belfort Secured Shot At Jon Jones

Vitor Belfort believes that his resume and past within the UFC is why the promotion decided to call upon him to face Jon Jones at UFC 152.

Belfort and Jones will square off September 22 for the UFC light heavyweight title in Toronto. Belfort, who was originally set to face Alan Belcher later this fall, was a guest on UFC Tonight recently.

I have history in the UFC. I have been a champion in the light heavyweight division and in my scenario, I think it is a better fit for me to fight him over Chael Sonnen.

Belfort is 21-9 with two straight victories since a loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. He owns 14 knockout victories and three more via submission during his career.

Currently, “The Phenom” is working with the likes of Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem in Florida at the Blackzilians camp. Evans is overseeing his training personally thanks to his past with Jones.

It has been great. When I cam here, everyone received me with great love. I’ve been training with Rashad and Alistair. I have different coaches here and I am working with different teams, but I was looking for good training partners and I am having a blast. I am learning a lot.

Belfort won the UFC 205-pound title in 2004 over Randy Couture, before dropping the belt back to Couture later that year.

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