<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=344027" target="_blank"> Bernard Hopkins: You can't put a lion in the water </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=344027" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=63&q=75&x=9&y=52&w=310&h=165&ro=360&s=bernard-hopkins-08-12-10-15-6-51-641.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[fighters.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
Just got home from Philadelphia and the weekend had some ups and some downs. I cornered Vitor Belfort on Saturday night and it could not have gone any better for him. Vitor went out and looked like the young Vitor and looked great. He was really fast with his hands and looked hungry and aggressive. You can see it in his eyes that he is hungry for another title shot.
A major highlight for me was meeting and chatting with Bernard Hopkins, who is one of the greatest boxers in history. We were able to train at his gym and watch him train. Just being in his presence was amazing for the guys and me. It was also awesome to have him at the UFC since he is such a big fight fan. People are always trying to compare boxing to MMA and Bernard compared the two in a way that I had never heard before, but it is a perfect analogy.
He said “You cannot take a shark out of the water and throw him in the jungle vs a lion. He will be destroyed. And if you put a lion in the water vs a shark the lion will be destroyed. Just like boxing and MMA – they are two totally different animals. We need to remember that.” I thought that was a great way to compare them and pretty cool coming from such a legend.