Blackzilians founder: Jones vs. Belfort odds crazy


Vitor Belfort recently announced he was training for the Jon Jones title fight at UFC 152 on September 22 with the Blackzilians in South Florida.

Blackzilian founder and president of Authentic Sports Management Glenn Robinson recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Rewind” show to discuss one of the wildest weeks in MMA history.

Vitor Belfort's reaction to UFC 151 cancellation.

“I called him up to tell him what was going on with the UFC, that they were canceling the card, and his first reaction was, ‘I’ll fight.’ Without even thinking about it, without even a hesitation. He didn’t even care who he fought. His first reaction was, ‘I’ll fight.’ He’s a true warrior. He really is a true warrior. We talked about it, and he reached out to the UFC and he was chosen. He was the lucky one. Vitor’s always ready to fight.”

On Belfort and the Jones fight odds.

"He’s happy. He’s very happy. He fights well when he’s fighting from a happy place. … This is going to be a tough fight for Jon. I think the oddsmakers who came out with a 13-1 against Vitor, that’s crazy. That’s crazy. I mean they’re really underestimating him tremendously.”

On Belfort's return to light heavyweight for the Jones fight.

“To him, 185, 205, it doesn’t make a difference. A fight’s a fight. I think he would have taken it if it was heavyweight.”

On Jones refusing to fight Chael Sonnen.

“I’m not going to dispute their reasoning. I’m sure they had reasoning and logic. I have a lot of respect for Greg Jackson. He’s a great man. I have a lot of respect for Jon Jones. … I mean no disrespect to them whatsoever, but in my opinion, fighters fight. That’s what you do. You’re a fighter. You fight. Michael Bisping stepped up with eight days’ notice and he fought. That’s just what you do. I think this business is getting a little bit carried away with everyone trying to make sure that it’s the perfect opponent. At the end of the day, as a champion, you should be prepared to fight anybody who comes your way. But that’s people in my camp. I’m not speaking for Jon. I’m not speaking for Greg. I’m just speaking for our camp. My advice to the fighter would have been to fight.”

On fighters refusing fights.

“It’s hard to tell a fighter that you have to fight this person, but yeah, it’s happening to a big degree because everyone wants to make sure -- you know, there’s sponsorships involved and there’s a lot of dollars on the line. Once you’re the titleholder, when you lose that belt, it’s like getting back in line and waiting for the bus. You might be six people behind. You might be three people behind. You just don’t know. Everyone wants to protect the legacy they’re building, and I understand that. From a fighter’s perspective, they want to be careful, but I still come from the mindset that as a champion, you should be prepared to fight anybody that comes your way. You have to think of the ramifications of your actions. In my opinion, the fighters have to be more willing to take on anyone that comes their way.”

On what we don't know about it.

“I think that there’s a lot more that goes into both sides of it that we don’t know about. We’re just all -- myself, the media, other fighters and everyone -- surmising a lot. I know Jon Jones is not afraid to fight anyone. I know he’s confident in his ability. Jon’s a great fighter. No one could dispute that. Jon is one of the best fighters in the world. I just think there are some circumstances we’re not privy to, and I’m just speaking to more of a general statement. My opinion is that as a fighter, you have to be prepared to fight at anytime.”

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8/29/12 10:34 PM by no filter

what is crazy is that this cartoonish mismatch is being put on lyoto(the designated number 1 contender) agreed to fight jones oct 13yet the mickey mouse operation decided to instead put on this bullshit "title fight" vitor doesnt have a win for zuffa at 205 in 7 years complete joke

Kirik site profile image  

8/29/12 10:27 PM by Kirik

 Me too

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8/29/12 9:11 PM by XxLiveBaitxX

I agree with BroZillians founder.

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8/29/12 9:09 PM by DBSH209

Man you gotta stop posting walls of text. 95% of people don't read that shit

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8/29/12 9:09 PM by DBSH209

Man you gotta stop posting walls of text. 95% of people don't read that shit

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8/29/12 8:21 PM by Fabefromfort

Well the oddsmakers themselves would actually put it higher, if what people are saying is true. Once this is done, there ain't going to be much because Weidman, and Silva will be inactive til the new year. Then most probably they will be put in against schmucks. The UFC really has sucked hind tit for the last two years, partly because of the ducking between Silva, Machida, Jones. Mostly because the events are soo waterred down. They are almost invisible they are so slim. I simply wont buy any more events on PPV. Theres not much going on in the lighter weight classes since Hughes got old,Penn is doing who-knows what, George has been gone. Lighter than welter I don't follow at all. Going to be a long cold winter with no fights. They're saying a complete washout for Jones, or Belfort has a puncher's chance. He has more than a puncher's chance, and Jackson knows it, so Jones will make it dull and defensive to begin. Once settled in whether it takes 30 seconds, or 2 or 4 minutes, Jones will then step up the action with some shots that have 70 percent zing on them. Look for an opening to end it. That's the plan anyway, no need to take any chances. Just win the round if it goes that far. Careful. Jackson knows the bombs in Belfort's fists have returned, and have bad intentions in every knuckle. Look for a dull first round. It'll open up because Belfort will need to win the next round. No panic yet though. I just don't know how it will go from here. But, In my mind's eye I see Jones face down, and out cold with his arms by his sides. May not be this fight, but, those visions are damned accurate, and always come true.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

8/29/12 2:06 PM by KingofBJJ

People know Jones will win decisively, however some will drop $100 on Vitor for no other reason than "Why not?"Just because Vitor chances are slim to none, with slim having already left town, is no reason not to consider Jone just might overlook him or get distracted by something shiny and get nailed.

GMan99 site profile image  

8/29/12 10:41 AM by GMan99

I would sooner bet even money that Jones will win within 2 minutes than I would bet 13:1 odds that Vitor will win.