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Ed Soares Responds to Being Called a Clown by Vitor Belfort and a Douchebag by Fans


(Video courtesy YouTube/MMAScraps)

Ed Soares, the manager of a large contingent of the UFC’s Brazilian roster including Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Junior Dos Santos and the Nogueira brothers, was on MMA Scraps radio last week and was asked about Vitor Belfort calling him a clown for mistranslating his fighters interviews.  

Although he didn’t address the actual issue of him allegedly misrepresenting what his clients say on the mic in this clip, (he admits doing it in another portion of the interviewSoares did say that he has spoken to Belfort and has since "squashed" any beef they had.


It makes you wonder if he had attempted his "Brazilian Whisperer" techniques on Chael Sonnen and they became BFFs if UFC 117 still would have hit over a million pay-per-view buys.

Here’s Ed’s translation of what went down with with "The Phenom":

"You know what’s funny? About two weeks ago I saw this interview where Vitor told me to keep my mouth shut and then my attourney emailed me this interview where he called me a clown. At the end of the day I said, "That’s cool." So I called Vitor’s manager because I have his number and I said, "Hey dude. What’s the deal?" Then Vitor called me and I said ‘What’s your problem, bro?’ and we talked it all out man to man. I said, ‘I never said anything about you in the media and I just find it to be disrespectful and if you got something to say, say it to me ‘cos I’ll say it to you. I just did. I called you.’ It wasn’t in a confrontational way. It was just kind of like, ‘Hey, man. We’re grown men.’ It was obvious that…Vitor apologized to me. He said he got caught up in the emotions. He was like, ‘Dude, I got caught up. I started believing in what these reporters were saying you said,’ and I said, ‘Man, if you didn’t hear it come out of my mouth, how can you just believe that?’ But he apologized to me and he even told me that he was going to give a public apology and I said, ‘Hey, dude. There’s no need for that. As long as you and I are straight, I don’t really care what other people say. He said, ‘Okay, cool,’ and then he called me back about an hour and a half later. He said, ‘I really want to do a public apology. I started thinking about it and I’m really sorry. I’m a man and people make mistakes and I apologize. It was my fault that I did that. I said, ‘Hey listen, dude. If you really want to do that, that’s fine — that’s great with me. But like I said, man, it’s straight between me and you. From now on I think if you ask Vitor anything about me, he’s got my number and if there’s something he wants to ask about me, he’ll call me directly. So as far as all that goes, that’s all squashed. I can understand that sometimes emotions get the best of people. Everyone’s human, man. People make mistakes.’

I guess we’ll have to wait for Vitor’s apology to see if the story is legit.

Soares also addressed the growing opinion of message board posters that he’s an asshole:

"As long as I put my head on my pillow at night and I know that I do the best job I can for my fighters and they know that, I guess it doesn’t really matter what the fans say. Of course it bums people out. It bums me out when I hear what people say about our guys and what people say about me. I’m thinking ‘This guy doesn’t even know me and he’s calling me a douchebag or he’s calling me a thumb bag. You know what’s funny? Once in a while I’ll read the [mixedmartialarts.com] Underground [forums] and people are calling me a douchebag and I’ll show my wife and she’ll say, ‘Who in the hell are these people? I’m the only one who can call you a douchebag.’ She’s upset that she’s not the one calling me a douchebag. I’m like, ‘Then log in and tell them that.’"

Defending  James Toney, who has quickly become one of the biggest, albeit most unintelligible, smack talkers on the UFC’s roster and who Soares revealed will be of his company Sinister’s sponsored fighters for UFC 118, he says that any fighter who increases MMA’s popularity can’t be bad for the sport.

"James Toney is going to be walking out in Sinister. I think James Toney is going to be great for the sport, man. People have always asked, ‘What would happen if a boxer gets into the sport?’ Guess what, man? August 28 we’re going to se it, what’s going to happen. What’s not great about it. People have always talked about it and now we’re going to see it happen. It’s a little bit of a freakshow fight, but at the end of the day, it’s a fight that’s going to sell and people are going to watch. Anything that gets more eyeballs on this sport and keeps this sport going — that’s what we should all be striving for, because at the end of the day, the bigger this sport gets, the bigger your radio show gets, the bigger all of our guys get and the more money that’s in the industry. James Toney, I heard he’s pretty good on the ground. I don’t know. His hands…nobody can  doubt what he’s done with his hands. He’s a legend in boxing, fighting a legend in MMA. Come on, man. You’re fighting Randy Couture. This is what, his first MMA fight. What an honor to be in your first MMA fight to be fighting a guy the calibre of Randy Couture. That’s incredible to me as far as I’m concerned."



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fatbellyfrank- August 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm
Man, dude, how could I have been so wrong, I always thought he was a complete asshat douchebag, til I read this, dudes can say what they like man, y'know, I wish I'd just called ED and asked him Hey bro,are you one of the biggest fuckbag asswipes in MMA, man, dude could have set me straight and it'd just be between me and him, you know, man to man dude, and ED's heard like, James Toney, whos great for the sport man,is pretty good with his ground game,anything that gets people looking at MMA is good dudes, so maybe we should we start executing petty criminals in the octagon, cause man, you know that'll get people talkin about MMA man, and thats a good thing right
Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm
DUDE? - Man, !
ghostboner- August 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Dude, man. Dude. Man.
Viva Hate- August 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm
@Eric,
He is making his people look worse though because obviously there are people who speak the same language and will expose that it was not actually what they said. In this case why not just do a post fight interview with Soares? We save time cutting out the whole "translating" part.
mt59801- August 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Fuck Soares.....he's a clown and an asshole, in other words an ass-clown with a stable full of ass-clown fighters(except big nog,)
Charming Charlie- August 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Finally, after all these years, we will get our first chance to see a boxer compete in MMA. James Toney is the Jackie Robinson of boxing. The very first chance us fans get to see what a boxer can do in MMA. How groundbreaking.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm
She thought he said douche-bong (he probably mistranslated it for her) and she was pissed because that was supposed to be a family secret in the bedroom. I hear douche-bong hits really get you fucked up.
cecils_pupils- August 16, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Ed your wife is wrong - she does not get to monopolize calling you a douchebag - you thumb skull.
iDestroy- August 16, 2010 at 12:16 pm
Man, dude, we're all human dude, ya know man?
BackbaconBilly- August 16, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Sounds like Eddy was trying to act tough to Vitor, all I can say is ....

It feels great to squash Aaron Rampey in the Heavy Hitter Pool 10 #3010 by over a 160 points, YEA BABY!

Who cares what Ed says.
Morningwood- August 16, 2010 at 11:57 am
I haven't heard so many "mans" in an interview since the late great wife beating Kirby Pucket!
SnallTrippin- August 16, 2010 at 11:00 am
I bite my thumb at thee!
agentsmith- August 16, 2010 at 10:40 am
What a thumb bag.
MMA Mafia- August 16, 2010 at 10:38 am
Yeah, I've watched many UFC 's with a few of my Brazilian friends and they speak perfect Portuguese and English. They always ask why he isn't translating what the fighters are saying correctly? They think his mastery of the language isn't that great but I tell them he actually does it on purpose. BTW Ed.....we all know Anderson speaks English dude.
philoebeddoe- August 16, 2010 at 10:36 am
Why all the hate for Soares?
Japanadian- August 16, 2010 at 10:31 am
I can see Vitor apologizing for calling him a "clown" it's not like he puts on makeup and does kids parties (unless someone can photoshop that). Ed Soares is still a Douchbag\"Thumb bag?!?", translate properly please and leave the sugarcoating for your wife to do in the kitchen
SnallTrippin- August 16, 2010 at 10:23 am
Manager's/PR types lie all the time to keep their ppl from stepping in shit/putting shitty feet in their mouths. S'life. And it sorta IS the job sometimes...

EDIT- Also, reply button- you are useless.
Eric R.- August 16, 2010 at 10:20 am
@Viva Hate...he is doing his job if they are saying something stupid and he's playing the role of PR.
TheArtof8Limbs- August 16, 2010 at 10:13 am
what a lying douchebag
ccman- August 16, 2010 at 10:10 am
Exactly how did any of this make him less a clown\asshole\douchebag?????
Viva Hate- August 16, 2010 at 9:57 am
If he is misrepresenting what his clients say then he is not doing the job to the best of his ability, in fact he is not doing his job, what a douchebag.
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