PVT Mag Profiles Belfort, Kyra Gracie & 'Pele'

By Marcelo Alonso Feb 8, 2010
After the controversial report with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Yoshizo Machida in the second issue, which motivated plenty of debate in the Internet forums, PVT Mag’s third edition features a cover story on Vitor Belfort.

Driven by the possibility of breaking another UFC record -- Belfort was the youngest fighter to win in the UFC and now wants to be the first to hold a championship title in three different weight classes -- “The Phenom” welcomed us to his karate gym. Apart from reminiscing about the greatest moments in his career, he discussed his hotly anticipated title bout against Anderson Silva. Belfort also remembered many interesting unpublished stories of his tough beginning with Carlson Gracie in the U.S. and revealed how fatherhood is making him a better fighter.

For this issue’s special feature, we visited jiu-jitsu’s muse, Kyra Gracie, at her home in Rio. We found out that Renzo’s nephew has already begun her boxing training in preparation for her debut on the MMA stage. The multiple-time world jiu-jitsu champion revealed that Cris Cyborg was her main source of inspiration.

In the “Heroes of The Ring” section, the controversial Pelé Landi tells unheard stories of his days in the IVC and with Chute Boxe. The Cuban recalled his best fights, talked about his two muay Thai fights against Anderson Silva and drafted his squad of all-time Brazilian MMA greats.

Closing out our third issue, we devoted Alonso’s Treasure Chest to a tribute to the two greatest icons in jiu-jitsu history: Hélio (who passed away on Jan. 29, 2009) and Carlson Gracie (who passed away on Feb. 1, 2006). They are two legendary forces of the fight world without whom we certainly wouldn’t be here talking about jiu-jitsu or MMA.

Click here to read PVT Mag's third edition.
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