UFC Quick Quote: We have to be careful to not let MMA become like Formula 1

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Kamui Kobayashi of Japan and Sauber flies through the air after crashing during the start of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

"I believe the fight world became a little complicated and fighters today have this mentality that things run on their time. Can you imagine in my era, they just throw you a pair of gloves and put you in an open weight tournament. Today you need a strategy, a camp, based on the opponent that you fight, and this way they are never ready for short notice fights. I'm not denying that the level and the techniques have improved, but we have to be careful to not become like a Formula 1. In the beginning, it was the driver that was important. Today is the car and technology that wins the race. The driver is secondary in the process. Fighters have to be ready to fight any time. Of course the ones who are in a recovery process from an injury are an exception, and this is acceptable. I believe it is a balance. You cannot take away the business part because we make our living off of the fight but we need to have our roots in what we are: fighters!"

Vroom! Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight titleholder Vitor Belfort speeds into a 205-pound title fight against Jon Jones at UFC 152 this Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. "The Phenom" took a short-notice fight against "Bones" because he remembers his roots as a fighter and tells MMA Weekly he believes in a "balance" between business and brawling. Is the Brazilian's old-school mentality sending him to a "Hogtown" slaughter? Or will this old dog teach Jones some new tricks? We'll know is just a few days...

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