Dana White Says Vitor Belfort's Brazil Fight Frequency Isn't Shady
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.29.2013
There's a very good reason...
Dana White recently spoke with MMAjunkie about allegations that Vitor Belfort's frequent history of fighting in Brazil is to hide his TRT usage and more. Check out the the highlights:
On why Belfort keeps fighting in Brazil: "(If) they have a big fight that's going to be on Globo, they wanted Vitor. So if they want Vitor, they're going to get Vitor. Whoever they say they want, I'm going to try to make it happen...The second most important media (outlet) that we're in business with is Globo."
On a noted MMA journalist calling Belfort's tendency to fight in Brazil 'shady': "He was like, 'I wasn't calling you shady; I was calling Vitor shady.' Vitor doesn't choose where he fights. He tries to pick who he fights, but he doesn't choose where he fights, and we put him down there."
On Belfort: "Obviously, we're not in a Chuck Liddell situation here where it's like, 'This guy is my best friend. Whatever Chuck wants, we're going to do'...Vitor Belfort is not cheating. Vitor Belfort is not not being tested. Vitor Belfort is not fighting in Brazil because he can get away with something down there. That's ridiculous. First of all, we wouldn't do that for anybody. Anybody. We would never put together a situation where a fighter has an advantage over another fighter. "There's all these other things that come into play, like, you've got to fight Vitor Belfort in Brazil. Those are the only type of advantages a guy will get. Plus, Vitor doesn't live in Brazil. Vitor lives in Florida. You realize that, right? Why isn't he fighting in Nevada? He was going to fight in Nevada. I think in the last scrum I told you that. They want him in Brazil, so that's where he's going to fight. Vitor Belfort is being tested, and Vitor is within the limits of what he's supposed to be when he fights. To call us shady – especially a guy like Kevin Iole, and I've never said this publicly before, but Kevin Iole is a guy from Vegas who we've known for a long time from the boxing days or whatever, and when all that s--t went down with Randy Couture, when he was f---ing lying about how much he made, I literally called Kevin and said, 'C'mon down here right now. You can go through every f---ing contract and look through all the papers and you can find out who's f---ing lying and who's telling the truth.' And he did. "So we've always been upfront. You think we would lie about that and risk the credibility of the sport, the UFC as a brand, so that Vitor Belfort could fight in f---ing Brazil and cheat? So we're going to flip this whole f---ing thing upside down for Vitor Belfort, my best friend? It just makes no sense."