"I was a part of two jungles. I'm a T-Rex surviving in a new jungle and I rebuild myself. God give me the strength. I used to be strong then and I'm strong now so I think it's just a burning inside of me that said, ‘You didn't accomplish what you want.' I did so many things in my career, I made so many mistake and Dana [White] and Lorenzo [Fertitta] gave me the chance and I promised them, ‘I'm going to give you my best and I'm going to finish as strong as I can finish.'"
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort explains why he is still able to compete at the top level of the sport at 36 years of age to Heidi Androl on the UFC on FX 8: "Belfort vs. Rockhold" post-fight show. In typical Belfort fashion, "The Phenom" used a combination of God and an animal reference to explain his ability to consistently keep a place at the top of the mixed martial arts (MMA) mountain after all these years; also stating that he made a promise to UFC owners Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta that he would close out his career by giving everything he has. Belfort's newfound dedication has paid off, as the Brazilian picked up a phenomenal (no pun intended) head kick knockout of Luke Rockhold (watch it here) in the UFC on FX 8 main event to push his record to 5-1 in the middleweight division since dropping from light heavyweight in 2008. Belfort's passion for the sport appears to be stronger than ever, which is a scary prospect for every 185-pound fighter on the UFC roster.
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