UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort started his career off incredibly strong before running into a rough patch where he strung together a 4-6 mark over ten tilts. However, since 2007 the heavy-handed Brazilian is 9-2 with losses coming to divisional champs Anderson Silva and Jon Jones rather than run-of-the-mill contenders. So, while it’s hard to say how much time the 36-year old has left in the sport, one thing is certain – he’s as dangerous now as he’s ever been.

Belfort spoke about his career with Fuel TV shortly after blasting Luke Rockhold in the first round of their UFC on FX 8 fight, making it clear his drive to compete hasn’t diminished and doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy of doing so anytime soon.

“I was part of two jungles. I’m a T-Rex surviving in this new jungle. I’m revealing myself and God gave me the strength. I used to be strong then. I’m strong now,” said Belfort. “I think it’s just a burning inside of me that said: you didn’t accomplish what you did. I lacked so many things in my career. I did so many mistakes, and Dana White gave me the chance. And I promised him, I sat down in a meeting and said I’m going to promise him, I’m going to give him my best. I’m going to finish as strong as I can finish.”

“If I don’t have the desire to go to the gym, if I don’t have the desire to train to improve new skills, I should retire,” he concluded. “I still have a lot of gas in my tank. I thank God to give me that strength, that burning inside.”

The full interview with the 23-10 Belfort can be seen below: