Posted by chickmagnet
I have to add that Vitor has been re focused and much better than he used to be. He just knocked out Lindland who is very tough and durable. I dont see Rich being able to defend the onslaught that Vitor will inflict. Vitor is strong, fast and has never been KO'd. He has been in the wars that define a warrior, he has had many personal struggles, and hardships. Recently we have seen a new era of Vitor, and I can only expect him to time one of Rich's combinations and than rush him with that incredible speed.
Even if he beats Rich how is he going to get by all the fighters with a strong wrestling background?
Lindland is not the same fighter he was and is 100% past his prime, he is the worst example IMO.
The thing I look at is will Vitor be able to catch Rich in a rush? Id have to say no, Rich is too smart for that and has good footwork so I just dont see him moving straight backwards.
Even hurt Franklin is very hard to put away, my thought is that Vitor will rush and Rich will sidestep and counter, toss out some leg kicks and slow Belfort down. I would not be surprised to see Rich take a licking and keep on ticking in the first round and then give a licking in the last two.