Why Vitor Belfort will become the next UFC middleweight champion

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By Geno Mrosko

On Feb. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, longtime mixed martial arts veteran Vitor Belfort will challenge reigning Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in the main event of the UFC 126: “Silva vs. Belfort” pay-per-view broadcast.

Yes, the same Anderson Silva whose name likely sends shivers down the collective spines of those that have made the fateful decision to climb into the Octagon to do battle against him.

His rule over the UFC’s middleweight division has lasted over four years and spanned nine different opponents. And that’s without including his exploits in the light heavyweight division — a one minute destruction of James Irvin (14-4-1 career record going in, 1-3-1 since) and a near career-killing embarrassment of former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin (untouchable tough guy reputation before, perceived quitter and whinetit after).

Silva possesses black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and just plain overall badassery. His Muay Thai arsenal is unmatched amongst his contemporaries. The very fear he instills in men that ply their trade inside a cage punching people in the face is nothing short of legendary.

Lost among all the bravado and hero worship is one very damning and yet so simple detail: he is a human being. An aging one at that. And one thing is for certain in all hominids — perfection is unattainable.

Anderson Silva will be made painfully aware of that fact when Vitor Belfort brings an end to his run as the 185-pound kingpin.


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