At Wednesday’s UFC 126 pre-fight press conference there was an unmistakable intensity to the staredown between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, with the champion get right into the challengers face with a look of supreme confidence.
Many are working on theory that Silva is attempting to play mind games with Belfort, who’s mental game has been criticized in the past, but the 31 year-old shrugs the incident.
“You gotta ask him [why he did that], man. My eyes…I was ready. I don’t know man, if he was trying [to intimidate me], he was just bringing me more fire,” Belfort told MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Not only does it appear to have motivated Belfort, but he also believes Silva’s pre-fight antics are an indication of the champions own insecurities.
“I just know one thing: When you say silly things, when you do silly things, it’s because you’re worried, and you’re trying to wear a mask,” Belfort stated in an interview with MMAJunkie yesterday.
“The way I fight, and the way I am, I have respect. I just need to wear one mask: myself. I’m on fire right now. I have the fire of God inside me. I just have that thing. When you have the fire of God, you can do anything.”
Belfort insists that he’s “excited” about the fight, which will be his first since a win over Rich Franklin back in September of 2009, and he certainly seems that way in his pre-fight interviews.
We’ll only really know for sure though on Saturday night, but in the mean time, the next staredown between the two at today’s weigh-ins, which will stream live on UFC.com, should be considered a must-see.