Vitor Belfort is a mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneer, a former UFC Heavyweight tournament champion, a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and a potential future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame inductee.
"The Phenom," however, has not fought at light heavyweight since 2006 and has not held a major title since a fluke injury to Randy Couture less than a minute into their 2004 bout. After failing in a bid to win UFC gold last year, Belfort will have another opportunity to regain UFC gold when he collides with Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 152 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 22, 2012.
And he has vowed to leave it all inside the Octagon next weekend, knowing full well that an unlikely win could propel him to legendary status among both the fans of MMA's modern era and the hardcores that have been following his career since 1997.
Jon Jones, on the other hand, is trying to repair a tarnished image after his failure to accept a short notice fight started a domino effect which eventually resulted in the UFC choosing to cancel UFC 151. A dominant performance could quickly erase hard feelings from many of the UFC faithful.
In the UFC 152 co-main event, another title will be on the line as the flyweight championship will be decided for the first time between former bantamweight title challengers Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. Both Benavidez and Johnson advanced through the UFC's miniature flyweight tournament, although Johnson had to work a little bit harder to get there, what with the controversial draw and all.