Vitor Belfort is all about thinking positive, and so you won’t get him to say no to anything he thinks he can do.
The light-heavyweight challenger explained his mindset this week as he prepares for his short-notice shot at the belt held by Jon Jones, the youngest champion in UFC history and one of the most dangerous fighters ever.
“Everyday, I have the chance to be the best of myself. Every day I have a day to improve. I know I can win this fight and shock the world. I can bring the old guys some pride back,” laughs Belfort, a veteran of the sport.
“I am so ready in my mind, it is hard for me to explain. I am so ready to be the champion again. My brain, my body, they are so ready. That’s how I live my life, with belief. I am a winner. I am ready to win. As you get older you learn about yourself.
“I have the same abilities as I had when I was younger, but now I have more sense of myself. I know how I respond and learn. Whenever someone says something like ‘Can you speak French?’ I don’t say “no” I say “Not yet”.
“Against Jon Jones people ask ‘how can you beat this guy?’ and I say ‘I will show you how on Saturday!’”
Jones and Belfort will fight tomorrow night in the headline bout of UFC 152, which takes place in Toronto, Canada. Also on the card is a middleweight fight between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann, while flyweights Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will contest the first-ever 125lb title.