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Jones: For the reigning champ, his biggest factor will be not letting his ego run the show.
Jones has had to face a lot of backlash for his recent comments and actions in the wake of the canceled UFC 151. He would be wise to check his pride at the door when he steps inside the Octagon on Saturday.
Belfort, while the underdog, is still a former champ and a dangerous foe. Jones cannot take this fight lightly or else he risks the chance of giving the Brazilian an opening to capitalize on.
But if Jones stays focused and just performs like he usually performs, don't expect the belt to change hands anytime soon.
Belfort: The former champ may feel like a hero for stepping up on short notice to face Jones, but it will take more than confidence to dethrone the light-heavyweight king.
Belfort is going to come into this bout with a lot of factors not in his favor. Not only will he not have a full training camp for this fight, but he is also coming in after recovering from another injury.
Plus, it doesn't help that he's over a decade older than Jones and is at a huge reach disadvantage.
It's going to take a miracle for Belfort to take the belt, but if he can get in on Jones quick and land a plethora of punches from the inside, we may see a shocker at UFC 152.