Lyoto Machida may think that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman can successfully stand and strike with challenger Vitor Belfort but "The Phenom" himself believes he'll have the clear advantage there when they fight at UFC 181. "He will fight standing against me only if he's crazy," Belfort said in a recent interview.
Belfort, who once won a UFC heavyweight tournament and then, later, won the UFC light heavyweight title from Randy Couture after a glove-edge from a missed punch sliced an eye lid of "The Natural," believes that he'll be considered a true three-division champion should he beat Weidman. And, while many fighters often say they simply concentrate on themselves during training camps, Belfort says he's training to specifically exploit perceived weaknesses in the champ.
"I'm ready to have a third world title at a third different weight class," Belfort said.
"I see a lot of openings from him and I'm studying this game since last year. I'm not focusing in his strengths but in his weaknesses and we saw that he has a lot."