Some of us here at BodogFIGHT are UFC fans since the day they came out with their first big event. We’ve seen a lot fighters come and go (and a number of sucked balls) and quite a few we remember for the awesome action they display during their matches. Vitor Belfort is one of those fighters that we’ve watched grow and become one of the best MMA fighters in the world.
- He studied jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of the famous Gracie Family
- He won his first UFC match at the age of 19
- Mostly known for his speed and powerful punches but has used his kicks recently
- Fought Randy Couture thrice and lost to him twice
- Fought Dan Henderson twice, lost to him once.
Vitor Belfort also known as the Phenom, had his first win at the UFC Octagon at the age of 19 during UFC 12. That’s pretty spectacular. Imagine a muscled bound 19 year old beating older, more experienced, MMA fighters. He took out Tra Teligman, Scott Ferrozzo, Tank Abbot, all within the first rounds of their matches.
The one old fighter that he had trouble beating was Randy “The Natural” Couture. Couture TKOed at UFC 15 in 1997. Then 7 years later, they had their 1st rematch. Couture lost out due to deep cut suffered below the eye and the referee stops the fight making Vitor Belfort the light heavyweight champion with just one punch. But that would be shortlived as they would later fight again and this time, Couture, the more experienced fighter, wins by TKO.
It is one of the more spectacular fights of Belfort’s career and it would only get even better for the Brazilian fighter. Back then he would use punches to bring down his opponents but for his last three fights he has been using his kicks to an incredible degree knocking out Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson.
Imagine more than 200 pounds of pure muscle and aggression doing a spinning kick at velocities no normal human being shouldn’t be doing at that weight. It’s just frightening to see it in motion. It’s a testament to his evolution to a soli well-rounded fighter with an array of moves, punches and kicks at his disposal. This makes Vitor Belfor a truly great fighter.