Vitor Belfort has heard all of the criticism concerning his inclusion into the UFC 152 main event against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

As far as Belfort is concerned, those who do not believe he deserves this are mistaken.

This is the old lion vs the young lion, it is the original Phenom vs the new Phenom. I have a pedigree and a history in the UFC; I fought Tank Abbott, I fought on a card with (UFC Hall of Famer) Dan Severn, I’ve had wars with Randy Couture, I’ve fought in PRIDE and around the world. I’m an old lion but I’m not an old man, I am 35, I am experienced.

Belfort has competed in the middleweight ranks as of late, including a title fight with Anderson Silva. “The Spider” scored an early knockout victory over Belfort.

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