Vitor Belfort is proud of his heritage.

The Brazilian, who is a former UFC champion, will look to wear gold again when he takes on Jon Jones later this month at UFC 152.

Belfort, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight, discussed the long-line of strong Brazilian fighters to grace the Octagon.

I am a fan of all of them. Like from a fighter perspective, career perspective, we have all kinds of talent. We have these guys, the young guys, the old guys, Royce Gracie, Mauricio Rua, you know, we have guys that came and are no longer in the UFC like Pedro Rizzo.

Belfort also mentioned the younger generation of UFC fighters such as Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, who are both currently champions in their respective weight classes.

As for “The Phenom,” he feels as though the decision to train in Florida with the Blackzilians has helped focus his attention back to MMA.

Everyday, I go to the gym and I see the new breed of fighters. I see them train and I really get energy from them and I try to use everything they have to take it in and learn new techniques and new moves.

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