There was a time when the name Vitor gave thoughts of lightning fists and a quick death in the octagon.. then he had a very low middle of his career. During this time who knows what he was going through in his head but he had some very ugly losses and from what I remember didn't he deal with a kidnapped sister and some adversity? Since his drop to middleweight years ago he has shown up to WIN... and that he has.
Looking at his recent record, his only losses have been to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.. Both fights were worthy of watching and he is obviously dangerous always. Looking at his past record he has only lost to Legends in MMA with the only exception being Overeem. And Overeem is Overeem he still could become the UFC champion in a couple years possible. In case you haven't watched his fights his long past losses are to prime Couture, Liddell, Sakuraba, Ortiz, Hendo.. and his wins are KO deaths that should have rethinking the morals of watching MMA. With feelings of TRT aside does anyone see Rockhold actually beating Belfort?
Looking at Luke's record and watching his fights he is a dynamic striker, comes ready to fight and has a fast pace... but isn't that what Bisping has in spades? He finished a washed up (no offence keith) Jardine.. but his two fights with Kennedy and Jacare were kinda boring (maybe I'm not remembering Tim's fight well enough). I think Rockhold trains at a great camp.. but does any one really think he is gonna be able to do anything but keep this fight against the cage maybe and hope for a decision? This Is a major step up in competition..
I'm just wondering BE.. Is Vitor gonna lay waste to Luke and prove he deserves another title shot or will Luke live up to expectations and finally get a finish or decisive win over a Legend?
with thoughts of past abuse and TRT aside and looking at recent records vs. competition.. I'm thinking Vitor via strikes middle 1st round and if not beginning of the 3rd round.. because Vitor has proven lightning does strike twice.
what are your thoughts BE?