We are now less than a month away from UFC 126, which will feature a major middleweight title fight between two of the best strikers ever to step into the octagon, Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.

Several of Silva’s previous title fights against the likes of Thales Leites, Patrick Cote and most recently Demian Maia, have been fought at a rather lethargic pace, but In his pre-fight interview for UFC.com his next challenger indicates that’s not going to be the case this time around.

“The plan is to go in there and fight, there’s going to be no dancing around,” Belfort promises. “With two champions in the ring anything can happen.”

Belfort, who won the UFC 12 heavyweight tournament and went on to briefly hold the UFC light-heavyweight belt in 2004, also sounds confident that he can become the first man to beat Silva in the UFC.

“I think everyday – I’m going to win the fight, I’m going to push the pace, I’m gonna look for the opening, I’m going to look for the gap. If I’m on the ground I have to look for the submission, if I’m on top I have to look in his eyes and know I’m going to beat him. I’m going to take it over, that’s the way I train man.”

He then sums up the match-up perfectly.

“It’s going to be a lion versus a lion. It’s going to be a great, great fight.”

UFC 126 goes down on February 5th in Las Vegas and looks all set to be one of the biggest events of the year.

Check out Belfort’s full interview comments below.