Yuri Villefort has a lot he wants to share.

One of the welterweight division's top prospects, Villefort was supposed to make his Strikeforce debut alongside his older brother Danillo at Challengers 16 on June 24. However, injuries forced both brothers off of the event and forced the younger Villefort onto an operating table to repair his damaged left knee.

The fighter is documenting his recovery through a series of online video blogs, with a new episode appearing on his official website each week.

“People think that [MMA] is just about getting in there and fighting, but we're going to show people that there are a lot more things involved, like [managing your] stress and taking care of your family while training and dealing with injuries,” Villefort told Sherdog.com. “We'll have doctors talking about what happened with my injury. We have me doing the rehab, training and hopefully fighting some [in the videos].”

Villefort's initially suffered a minor injury to his anterior-cruciate ligament last year, but rather than undergo surgery at the time, he elected to continue training. Only weeks before his Strikeforce debut, the welterweight felt his knee give way, leaving him with surgery as his only option.

“I just did a little rehab and then started training again for this fight [on June 24]. I felt sometimes my knee was a little weak. In a sparring session, I twisted my knee, and the ACL was gone. So was the meniscus,” said Villefort, who will be sidelined for approximately three months.

“The surgery was a success. Everything went perfect. I had a great doctor, and he fully took care of me. The swelling is gone. Let's get ready, you know? Let's get ready to fight.”

As he educates fans on his recovery, Villefort also hopes to shed light on his family life and his relationship with his brother Danillo and their father, Brazilian vale tudo pioneer Francisco Silva.

“My family is all here to help me out and support me. A lot of people don't know about my family, but everybody respects my dad. He's a legend. He used to fight in the early '60s, training together with master Carlson [Gracie],” said Villefort. “My dad, he did everything for us. He helped us in the beginning, and he's really my inspiration. I never saw him fight; I just saw pictures. But when I go in the cage, I go in there to be like my dad.

“[My brother and I] are real cool. We know how to talk to each other, and we don't have any problems. We just like to push ourselves together and try to be the No. 1 family in MMA.”

As mentioned, Villefort is widely regarded as one of the welterweight divisions most promising up-and-comers. Though that distinction carries with it a great deal of weight, Villefort asserts that he is focused only on what lies in his future.

“I was shocked [at how highly people rated me]. I thought, 'Things are really going [places],' you know? But now, I don't feel that it's a good thing. Being the No. 1 prospect is not my goal. [My] short term goal is to be champion in Strikeforce. Then, we'll see how life goes on.”

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

What Advice Would Jon Jones Give His Younger Self? ‘Don’t Wreck the Bentley’

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

During a UFC 200 media luncheon, Jon Jones was asked if he could go back in time and give his younger self some advice, what would it be? His answer may surprise you. read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘I Want To Be the First Champion of the 125-Pound Division’

  • 25 days ago
  • 60 views

UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk expects to change weight classes following her rematch with Claudia Gadelha on July 8. read news >>

UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate: ‘Just Soaking It All In’

  • 24 days ago
  • 17 views

Women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate's road to the top of the UFC women's 135-pound division was a long and bumpy one. read news >>

Lightweight Champ Rafael dos Anjos Willing to Welcome George St-Pierre to the 155-Pound Division

  • 22 days ago
  • 33 views

UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is willing to welcome Georges St-Pierre to the 155-pound division if the former 170-pound titleholder can make the weight. read news >>

Eddie Alvarez on UFC Fight Night 90 Title Bout: ‘I’m the Best Lightweight in This Division’ (Video)

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

Lightweight contender Eddie Alvarez has won titles in several reputable fight promotions around the world, including Bellator, and will get the opportunity to add a UFC belt to his trophy case when h read news >>

UFC 200: Amanda Nunes' Stunner over Miesha Tate Equal Parts Historic, Chaotic

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 views

The championship carousel in the women’s bantamweight division continues to spin. Amanda Nunes stunned Miesha Tate Saturday at UFC 200, pounding her to a bloody mess before scoring a first-round rear read news >>

For Jose Aldo, Winning Interim UFC Belt Means Conor McGregor Purgatory

  • 17 days ago
  • 35 views

The current champion has all but abandoned the featherweight division. He’s moved up and out to a higher weight class and a higher-priced zip code, but his presence looms over the rest of the 145-pou read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk Stands Atop TUF 23 Finale Million Dollar Fighter Payroll

  • 16 days ago
  • 199 views

Joanna Jedrzejczyk maintained her stranglehold on the UFC strawweight division on Friday, and easily topped the TUF 23 Finale fighter salaries for her efforts. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 91 Results: John Lineker Crushes Michael McDonald in the First

  • 14 days ago
  • 12 views

John Lineker made a statement in the UFC bantamweight division on Wednesday, knocking out Michael McDonald in the main event at UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota. read news >>

The UFC's Lightweight Division Is Better Than It Has Ever Been

  • 12 days ago
  • 27 views

On Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Tony Ferguson, one of the best lightweights on the planet, nearly fell to unknown debutant Lando Vannata. Ferguson had won seven fights in a row against an read news >>