Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 9/18/12




Vitor Belfort

Vitals

6'0" 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
74" reach, Southpaw
April 1, 1977

Record

21-9 (UFC: 10-5)

Current Streak

2 straight wins

Training

Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Purple belt in Shotokan Karate

Championships Held

UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament winner: 1997
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion: 2004 (no successful title defenses)
Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion: 2007 (no title defenses)


Strengths

- deadly striker
- extremely quick hands
- can swarm opponents and land punches in bunches
- immense knockout power
- well schooled in various aspects of the sport (two black belts, one purple belt)
- extremely experienced
- very physically strong
- great chin - only been knocked out once in his career
- very good boxer - fought professionally
- good striker in the clinch and on the ground
- very good at taking his opponent to the mat
- good at passing guard
- world class grappler/BJJ practitioner



Weaknesses

- well past his prime
- has had an inconsistent career
- hasn't fought at light heavyweight in five years
- has been busted for steroid use in the past
- not a very accurate striker (barely above 50% success rate)
- doesn't land very many strikes
- gets hit more than he strikes his opponent
- poor striking defense
- poor takedown defense
- hasn't beaten an elite opponent since 2004


Synopsis

The Phenom is 35 years old now - not much of a phenom any more.  While he is still able to pick off midcard talent, his days as a player at the top of the sport are well in his past.  But, with his knockout power, he has a puncher's chance in every fight he's in.



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