Pictured: Vitor Belfort. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting
Well you can't fault Vitor Belfort for trying.
"The Phenom" stepped up on short notice just days ago to fight UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones in the new UFC 152 main event following the cancellation of UFC 151 and after an assortment of fighters like Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua turned down the bout.
And from the looks of it, he's going to do everything in his power to win.
Having recently signed a deal with Authentic Sports Management, Belfort will head south to "The Sunshine State" of Florida where he'll train with the Blackzilians and will be coached by a man who's spent more time in the cage against Jon Jones than anyone else.
None other than Rashad Evans.
In a press release which was recently sent out, Belfort stated:
"This is the most important fight of my life, so the time is perfect to join Glenn Robinson and the Blackzilians and their world class training camp at JACO Hybrid Training Center in Delray Beach. I will have the best trainers and the top fighters in the sport including Alistair Overeem and Rashad Evans helping me prepare for this title fight. I will run my whole training camp at JACO and will win the belt for my fans, family and the Blackzilians in South Florida."
This will be Rashad Evans' first opportunity to be a coach and who better to coach against than one of his most bitter rivals in all of mixed martial arts?
"Suga" is a former teammate of Jones and their UFC 145 title bout was the first time that a challenger forced "Bones" to go the distance since becoming champion.
Belfort has gone 2-0 since losing a title fight to UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama and submitting a blown-up Anthony Johnson. He coached against Wanderlei Silva on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil but a broken hand forced him out of the UFC 147 main event. He backed out of a UFC 153 bout against Alan Belcher to accept this opportunity.
He has not fought at 205 pounds since a 2007 bout against James Zikic.
So what do you think of this revelation, Maniacs?
Do you think Evans will have any tips for Belfort? Does the inclusion of Evans in Belfort's coaching stable increase the odds that he could pull off the upset?