In a pre-fight video on UFC.com, Vitor Belfort talks about his UFC 126 headlining middleweight title fight with Anderson Silva. “My plan is to go in there to fight; I’m not going to be dancing around. With two champions in the ring, anything can happen…Anderson is an expert…with kicks and knees and elbows and I respect that; but I’m not afraid of it, and I’m going to face that. I think every day that I’m going to win the fight, I’m going to push the pace. I’m going to look for the opening, look for the gap, if I’m on the ground I have to look for the position, if I’m on top I have to look in his eyes and know I’m going to beat him. He’s the champion, he’s the favorite; I’m the challenger, so it’s going to be a lion facing a lion. It’s going to be a great, great fight. I’m about to accomplish my journey.” I can’t wait for this fight.
This is the first time in a long time that Anderson has a real threat. Fighter to fighter, Anderson Silva is better, make no mistake about it. But Belfort is a beast and can knock anyone out. I don’t think Silva will lose, but he could.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is set to defend his title against Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto. UFC president Dana White confirmed the long-rumored bout with MMAjunkie.com over the weekend, and officials have formally announced the fight during this week’s “UFC Ultimate Insider” online show. “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” is tapped to take place on April 30 at the 69,000-seat Rogers Centre in Toronto. Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida and Mark Bocek vs. Ben Henderson are also expected to take place at the event. This card is looking better and better. I don’t see why GSP always gets a home crowd advantage, but whatever. I know he sells out everything in Canada (which is why), but come on.
The UFC has dropped the axe on multiple fighters after UFC 125. Multiple reports are stating that in addition to Phil Baroni, Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Antonio Mckee have all been given their walking papers after their losses at the event. It’s a tough business. Especially now that the WEC fighters are coming in. Only the best of the best will stay on, so the need to win has never been greater.
The Brothers Miller, Jim and Dan, will both fight in front of a hometown crowd on March 19 at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Jim will take on WEC-import Kamal Shalorus and multiple reports state that Dan will meet Nick Catone on the same card. Both are good additions, but I think Jim should be next in line for a title shot.
B.J. Penn is working on improving his boxing skills and has looked to Floyd Mayweather, Sr. for coaching. Penn will next meet Jon Fitch at UFC 127. Ummm, what? He should be working on his wrestling and takedown defense. He could already outstrike Fitch.