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Ruh-Roh: Belfort Reportedly Ditches Tompkins for Xtreme Couture

(“I’m telling you man, we’ll get our own place. I’m thinking bunk beds, bean bag chairs, black light posters and all the soda we can drink. Whaddaya say?” PicProps: Flickr)

Well, we can’t see how this could possibly be good news approximately 15 days out from the biggest fight of his life, but Vitor Belfort has 86’ed trainer Shawn Tompkins in favor of a return to Xtreme Couture, according to a conversation between the coach himself and Mauro Ranallo this week. If we’ve got the timeline straight, Belfort was at Xtreme Couture to begin with, but went with Tompkins when he splintered off to start his own team. Now, as he so often does, Belfort is reversing his position.

Tompkins sounds a little peeved about the split and we gotta believe the differences were pretty irreconcilable to prompt “The Phenom” (who, let’s face it, has always seemed a little flighty) to decamp so close to his scheduled middleweight title fight against Anderson Silva on Feb. 5. After the jump, a short-ish transcript of Ranallo’s and Tompkins’ talk, courtesy Fight Opinion

"Mauro Ranallo: What about Vitor Belfort? I know that you were helping him prepare for his fight against Anderson Silva. Now, he’s at Xtreme Couture, your former home base (and there has been) talk of him recruiting Mike Tyson to help him prepare for Anderson Silva. What is your relationship with Belfort and why won’t you be in his corner?

Shawn Tompkins: Well, you know, Vitor has done this before. Vitor sometimes, he gets a little clouded in his head. It’s not that he brought in Mike Tyson or anything like that. Vitor just wanders, you know, and he goes where, you know, what’s happening, what’s famous, what’s popular and he’ll go over there and Mike Tyson isn’t teaching him anything. Neither is the other eight gyms that he’s training at. Just because he’s over at Couture’s and not with me doesn’t mean he’s with Couture’s. Vitor isn’t loyal to anybody. We’ve seen it before.

MR: I do sense some acrimony. Are you then not on good terms with Vitor right now?

ST: I hope for the best for him, but you know for a guy who told me about respect, loyalty, and God and all this stuff for so many years, he sure did prove the opposite. So, we’ll see. Best of luck to him. Best of luck to Anderson, as well."

Best of luck to Anderson as well? Dude. Ouch.

We’re gonna hold firm to our belief that Belfort’s best chance to beat Silva is now and has always been to clip him with a punch early in the bout (ala Rich Franklin at UFC 103), so if he really is gypsy-ing around to a bunch of different camps as Tompkins alleges, it might not actually effect the game plan much. Still, with his well-documented history of letting down in big spots and folding under pressure – both mental and physical – it might be a good idea to keep your wallet in your pocket for UFC 126 … unless you want to put some money down on the champ before the odds get any shorter.

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joshbreak- January 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Should be a good fight for sure.
Sniffer-Piffits- January 20, 2011 at 11:50 am
I've heard Belfort is having trouble making weight for this fight. I've heard he can't stop eating Jeez-its.
LOKI- January 20, 2011 at 5:49 am
If a couple of overrated douche's like these cant find a way to make it work what hope is there for the rest of us.
Ballkick- January 20, 2011 at 5:47 am
Like all of Vitor's fights I am gonna tune in to find out "which" Vitor shows up to the cage,...the Lion, or the Lamb.
ccman- January 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Possibly he didn't trust the game plan. Also I am not so convinced belforts only chance is clipping silva. Belfort focused and ready is dangerous.....
KarmaAteMyCat- January 19, 2011 at 8:46 pm
First off! Tompkins isn't a joke as a trainer. Thats an absurdly ignorant for any of you to even say. I doubt anyone posting on this has any idea. The man has trained SO MANY professional fighters and helped so many others up their game. Just because a trainer and a fighter go their seperate ways does not mean that it has to be personal. Sure their is bound to be some residue in somebodies panties but scratch it out and walk it off. Drama, Drama, Drama.

Tompkins does tend to grind on people as person. That I will grant you but the guy literally has made his living from Training fighters. This sport is just as much his life as it is the fighters. So IF he is taking it hard then he'll get over it.

He can't possibly take it as hard as he did the concrete when he got tossed out of Xtreme Couture.

Karma out!
RSparrow- January 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Tompkins is just butt hurt.

Vitor has the biggest fight of his entire life coming up, and has every right to do whatever the fuck he sees fit to prepare for such a beast of a striker.

Ya he's had issues in the past, but one of them related to his sister being kidnapped and trying to fight while she was missing. If that's not an excuse to be a head case, I don't know what is.

Go with your gut big dog, this is your time.
DangadaDang- January 19, 2011 at 7:41 pm
DangadaDang- January 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm
If I know anything about Tompkins than seconds after this photo was taken he was likely unconscious.
myklhoey- January 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm
yap, thats about right
cecils_pupils- January 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm
HabitualLineStepper- January 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm
At this time, I am going to take my talents to Xtreme Couture... for a little while anyway.
DARKHORSE06- January 19, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Silva by knockout in round 1.
T.Bone- January 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm
It sounds like Vitor took notice of Tompkins' new prodigies in CP's fight of the week.
RwilsonR- January 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm
So let me get this straight - Tompkins is a head trainer for striking at Xtreme Couture. Then he goes and starts his own gym/team down the street and takes a handful of fighters with him. And when a fighter wants to return to Xtreme Couture, Tompkins wants to lecture about loyalty???
munche- January 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm
I don't know how much attention people pay to this, but Tompkins' fighters have been doing dogshit awful these days.
This is the Tompkins who gave Mark Coleman the gameplan to go strike with Couture.

The Tompkins who coached Horodecki right into a Cerrone triangle choke.

The Tompkins who coached Junie Browning into Jail. (ok, maybe that was Browning's fault)

The guy hasn't had any success as a coach outside of Couture's camp. Sounds like Vitor realized that he was on the wrong horse following Tomkins out of Couture, and decided to go back to where winners live.
Fried Taco- January 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Jesus is TUFGuy?!?
Douchey McDoucherton- January 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Vitor did say that Jesus was gonna be in his corner and we all know Jesus trains at Xtreme Couture everyday.
MediocreThreat- January 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Get Off Me- January 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm
@Jesus Tapped
You should have seen him as a fighter. Up here were had an organization called UCC, the shows were like rock events with amazing titles that make the UFC look amateur. Anyway, Loiseau and a guy named Steve Vigneault smoked Tompkins out over the midsts of his illustrious 0-4 career. You should have seen him out there...good on him though for becoming a trainer.

Jesus Tapped- January 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Good, Tompkins is a joke as a trainer.