News broke this morning that former UFC Champion Vitor Belfort has decided to leave the Blackzillians training camp. He’s not the first high profile member to abandon this camp so it’s not all that surprising. He will now start his own team headed by Shotokan karate legend Vinicio Antony. Vinicio recently sat down with Sherdog.com and in an inteview explained why Belfort has made this decision so late in his career.
“We’re preparing to run him over,” he said. “If everything goes right, we’ll see Henderson get run over by a truck again. Vitor is really focused, and we’re working on a strategy to fight an intelligent fight. When you fight Henderson, you’re concerned with his power. Of course, his overhand is dangerous, but he fought Lyoto [Machida] for three rounds and didn’t land one of them. If you fight him the right way, his strongest weapon can be easily neutralized. Vitor is a much more skilled fighter and has more weapons to win that fight.”
“Of course, his body needed some time to adapt without TRT, but I can say now that, through supplements and also the very nice work of a nutritionist, Vitor is totally adapted and is in great cardio and physical shape,” he said. “I can guarantee you that you’re going to see a new version of Belfort.”
“They normally train jiu-jitsu, wrestling and muay Thai,” Antony said. “Usually, most MMA fighters think karate is funny, like Jake Ellenberger said to Stephen Thompson before getting knocked out. By the way, that guy (Thompson) is the best current example of how well-executed karate is a great weapon for MMA. Vitor is a very intelligent guy. He realized how good karate can be for MMA, and we’re working on it.”