“I know his whole game,” Belfort said in a recent interview with the Brazilian television station Rede TV. “I know his jiu-jitsu game. I know his stand-up game. I know he likes spinning kicks and loves to use elbows, but if I put my hands on a man, he will fall down.”
Silva looked mortal in victories over Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia at UFC 112 and Team Quest standout Chael Sonnen at UFC 117. Belfort was watching.
“If I hit him like Demian and Sonnen did, it’s going to be different because I have much more firepower,” he said. “Still, a fight is a fight, and we know we’re two well-conditioned champions. The most important thing is to be well-trained and focused on each second of that fight.
“I know Anderson knows that if my hands hit him, he will not be able to stand on his feet,” Belfort added. “No matter who’s on the other side of the cage, whether it’s Anderson or someone else, I’m going forward. If you look at my last fights, you’re going to see how focused I am. I know what I want. I have no doubt about what I want or what I’m able to do, so I’m very motivated.”
Belfort’s first-round technical knockout victory over Franklin at UFC 103 was his first inside the Octagon in more than five years. It was supposed to set up his showdown with Silva for the promotion’s middleweight crown in April, but the aforementioned injury forced Belfort to withdraw. He has lost none of his hunger since.
“I really want this belt,” Belfort said. “I want to face whoever has the belt. Today, it’s Anderson, so I really want to face him. He can’t fight this year, and I won’t wait for him until next year. They gave me a fight [against Okami] in November, and I’m really happy and anxious for that fight.”
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