Dolce: Speed is Belfort's key to beating Jones


Banking on Speed

The Monday before the fight he’ll probably weigh between 210 and 212. Our goal is to have him at 208. That’s my goal. Anywhere between 208 and 212. We know his body and he performs best right around that 210-pound range. I’m shooting for 208 pounds because he doesn’t have to be BIGGER than Jon Jones – he just needs to be FASTER. He’s faster than Jon at 220. At 208 Vitor is faster than most lightweights. Anyone that has trained with Vitor will tell you that he’s the fastest guy they’ve ever trained with. So we’re going to maximize power, speed and endurance at that body weight.

Some are calling Jones v. Belfort a mismatch. Tell us why they’re wrong?

Look what Vitor did to former world champion Rich Franklin, look what Vitor did to Matt Lindland, who was the best middleweight at one time. Vitor finished Anthony Johnson, who is not as tall as Jon Jones, but almost as long and definitely heavier and more muscular than Jon Jones. Vitor is a finishing machine, he’s a knockout machine, his jiu-jitsu is amazing. I’ve seen Vitor wrestle; he’s got some of the most underrated wrestling in MMA. That’s the Vitor I know.

I saw the odds – 13 to 1 underdog! When I heard about this fight, as soon as Vitor called me I said, ‘You’re going to win this fight! You are perfectly built to knock Jon out.’ Look at Jon Jones versus (Lyoto) Machida. Machida could touch Jones all day with that left hand to the jaw. Vitor is twice as powerful and four times faster than Machida. So if Machida can touch Jones’ jaw, Vitor is going to obliterate it. No disrespect to Jon, it’s just a terrible matchup for Jon Jones. That’s my belief.

Man, I’ve watched Vitor’s entire career … how the heck can you say Vitor is a 13-to-1 underdog against anybody?! It’s ridiculous!! Vitor is healthy, he’s hungry and ready to roll! Man, it’s a bad fight for Jon. I predict Vitor is going to get that light heavyweight title and make history.

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tags: Mike Dolce (detail)  Vitor Belfort (detail)  Jon Jones (detail)  Rich Franklin (detail)  Matt Lindland (detail)  


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bjjboxer site profile image  

9/13/12 2:16 PM by bjjboxer

We will see come fight time, I think it will be a great fight !!!!

MarcusRenatoBlackBelt site profile image  

9/8/12 6:37 AM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

Jones doesn't rush takedowns and I stand by my point. They will happen when they happen. That is why they are so effective. Never seen him rush one.

KZTT_W85 site profile image  

9/8/12 6:20 AM by KZTT_W85

Bones is a deserving favorite but this is by no means a one horse race.

mister3mma site profile image  

9/8/12 4:12 AM by mister3mma

Good luck w speed on a 84 inch reach.... Yawn

GodSaveTheReem site profile image  

9/8/12 3:54 AM by GodSaveTheReem

I would disagree with this...but my argument would be based more around hope and dreams than logic

ssj site profile image  

9/8/12 1:06 AM by ssj

Vitor via R1 KO

inf0 site profile image  

9/7/12 10:21 PM by inf0


circa305 site profile image  

9/7/12 10:03 PM by circa305

I think Vitor is faster and more powerful than Machida. Machida times his shots a lot better though.

The Sauce site profile image  

9/7/12 10:01 PM by The Sauce

It's Machida's timing that makes him "fast". He has great timing!!

Phisher site profile image  

9/7/12 10:00 PM by Phisher

"Jones will stand with Vitor for most of the first round. He will use his kicks and use his range even more in this fight. There is NO Chance Jones will rush him and shoot immediately. That is not his game. His fight with Lyoto proved this." What about his fights with Vera, Vladdy and Bader? He took all of those guys down right out of the gate. Jones' game is whatever he hammers out with Jackson and company. If his corner tells him not to fuck around with Vitor on the feet, he's not going to.