<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=420587" target="_blank"> Belfort: I’ll be in my best shape </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=420587" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=100&q=75&x=324&y=188&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=jon-jones-vitor-belfort.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[sherdog.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
Sherdog.com: How do you view Jones as an opponent?
Belfort: In the UFC, there are no easy fights. There may be a quick fight, but it’s never easy. You have to prepare very well because you’ll regret it if you don’t. This is already a struggle. Certainly, he’s a great opponent. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be the champion. Fighting at a high level motivates me a lot, as I’ve always tried to do it in my career. I expect a tough fight, but I’ll be in my best shape. You can mark it down.
Sherdog.com: How has the change in opponent from Alan Belcher to Jon Jones changed your preparation?
Belfort: Of course, I’ll analyze his fights, but beyond that, it does not change much. I was already training hard, and I was in good shape even before that. I changed my training camp to the Jaco Hybrid Training Center, and I’m now training with the Blackzilians. The team has fighters of the highest caliber, like Rashad Evans and Alistair Overeem. It is a very serious team, with a working philosophy that has pleased me very much. A professional fighter cannot reach his maximum potential by training only what he knows. He must be with a team that will help him think, create alternatives and improve his technique. I made a good choice when I entered this camp.
Sherdog.com: What do you expect in this fight?
Belfort: If you want to be successful in the UFC, you have to believe in one thing: your next fight will be your best fight. Hopefully, it will be a tremendous fight -- worthy of the title -- that people, especially Brazilians, will remember with great fondness and pride.