Vitor Belfort was overjoyed and upbeat at the post UFC 133 press conference this Saturday in Philadelphia. He came out of his fight with Yoshihiro Akiyama with the prize for best knockout and called over his boss Dana White for a photo.
“I just trained really hard. I’m ready, and I don’t know who’s going to win but I want the winner of the fight between Okami and Anderson. I want the belt, that’s my objective, my future, and I’m not going to stop,” he said.
“Anderson got me with that kick… What’s in the past is in the past, I’m only looking to the future. He tried that kick and now everyone tries it. I’m ready and I know what I want,” he added.
The Brazilian overcame Akiyama in just 1:52 minutes and admitted he was dying for a win.
“I got here hungry for it and that’s how I was in the gym too. It was hard on my training partners because I was really focused,” he declared.
“I feel as though I’ve completed a mission. People confuse dreams with desires. When I was a teenager I dreamed of being the best in the world. I left my family and training partners behind to move to Vegas. I’m here, and I stabilized my career. I’m training really hard in Las Vegas. I know what I want, I’m paying for it, I’m making sacrifices,” he continued.
On the August 27 UFC event in Brazil, the fighter is also really confident it will be a success. To Belfort, MMA will surprise everyone in the land where it was created.
“The message I have for Brazil is, ‘Get ready! The UFC is coming and these days its like the World Cup in Brazil: the people love it. It’s the second time the event goes there and television made way. It may seem like madness what I’m going to say, but in three years the UFC will surpass soccer,” he said in closing.