Mike Tyson helping Vitor Belfort prepare for Anderson Silva

by Marcelo Alonso | source: sherdog.com

Vitor Belfort finds inspiration outside of mixed martial arts, even has he prepares to meet Anderson Silva for the middleweight title at UFC 126 on Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has had a heavy influence on “The Phenom.”

“I was at his house and met his family,” Belfort told Radio Portal do Vale Tudo in Brazil. “I met his daught and wife, who is pregnant. It’s always nice to be in touch with people like him.”

Tyson, now 44, made history in 1986, when he won the WBC heavyweight championship at the age of 20, defeating the late Trevor Berbick by second-round technical knockout. He won his first 37 professional fights.

“Mike Tyson is a big idol, and he crossed the boundaries of sport,” Belfort said. “He was a great inspiration to many athletes and in my career since I was a child. We have much in common and had fame too soon. We always have good conversations.”

Belfort, who was 19 years old when he debuted in the UFC in 1997, believes Tyson’s expertise should be valued more and even invited the Brooklyn, N.Y., native to join his camp.

“I told him that he’s used badly, because he has great views of fighting,” Belfort said. “He knows a lot of martial arts, but they aren’t given the proper value. He said he wanted to be part of my camp, and it was a pleasure to be part of my training. I told him to come in and give me some tips. He’s an important person in the sport and was a great motivator for many successful fighters. I think it’s important to have a recovery.”

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Seamus619 site profile image  

12/27/10 7:42 PM by Seamus619


kalki site profile image  

12/27/10 7:36 PM by kalki

i hope Tyson walks out and corners's vitor and that Seagall does the same with Anderson.....then i want pandamonium to enter the ring and have Tyson and Seagall go at it.....

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12/27/10 6:22 PM by Southpaw'd

baddass pic u posted on the 1st page crazydave. saved that mug thx!

A.Muradyan site profile image  

12/27/10 5:25 PM by A.Muradyan

I imagine Mike Tyson would have a huge advantage to a fighter's camp, just from his insight into the fight sport.For me the highlight of the last TUF was Mike talking about fighting. I learned so much, from simple things that made sense coming from such an accomplished legendary fighter.I value Anderson's fighting skills more than Vitor's.

stevekt site profile image  

12/27/10 7:31 AM by stevekt

Anderson wins via aikido wristlock takedown.

Musashi site profile image  

12/27/10 1:58 AM by Musashi

Belfort is going to KO Anderson (Tyson in the picture or not).

cusandmike site profile image  

12/27/10 1:25 AM by cusandmike

Belfort better make sure his wrestling is up to par to make the peek-a-boo style work for him. Belfort needs the threat of the take down to neutralize Anderson's Muay Thai and turn Anderson's striking exchanges into a boxing affair. From there, he can use the peek-a-boo to set up his wrestling and hide his level changes-make them more deceptive. Belford needs to use the peek-a-boo to keep Anderson off balance and second guessing ala Frankie Edgar and use the openings it creates to mix up body punches ala Gray Maynard to keep the threat of the take down on Anderson's mind. The peek-a-boo style(or elements of it) has helped some of the best takedown artists in the game(Sherk,Evans,Edgar,Maynard)because they know how to use it deceptively to shorten distances(especially Sherk)and to keep opponents off balance. Belfort has to use it to "step around" Anderson and use it to move side to side to create new angles of attack/takedowns. He'll also need to focus on moving his head and counterpuching AT THE SAME TIME and use the peek a boo to get him out of hams way when completing combos as not to be left standing in front of Silva's deadly Muay Thai clinch. In pure striking sense, it also has worked well for Tyson Griffin in his cage kickboxing. Hope Belfort has enough time to really get a feel for it's nuances. The ambidexterious attack angels takes a while to get used to but can work wonders in a cage. Dominique Cruz uses an ambidexterious style that creates some interesting angels for cage kick boxing. Tyson in Belforts corner is a major plus, but I hope he's able to use it properly in such a short amount of time. I think that the Karate-style he's been working on will get him knocked out. Anderson's own head movement will make it look like Machida/Rua II.

LIAM_B site profile image  

12/26/10 4:54 PM by LIAM_B

It makes me laugh that Belfort has a legit guy like tyson helping him improve his boxing, whereas Anderson has Seagal giving him tips.

ausgepicht site profile image  

12/26/10 4:39 PM by ausgepicht

I get the feeling Tyson these past few years is in coaching and sharing mode. He may play around on the mats, but he has stated if he was younger he would be doing MMA, which implies he's not. Even playing around, I can imagine how strong and powerful he is. I can't imagine gripping him for long...whether in the clinch or on the ground.

voorhees site profile image  

12/26/10 4:25 PM by voorhees

but it remains to be seen if the two are actually gonna train together.I remember when Tyson trained with Kerr for a very short while and got disinterested right away.