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Vitor Belfort: ‘Wanderlei Needs to Learn to Talk Less and Fight More’

(“Thank you Jesus for letting me punch people asleep. bro.”)

Tatame.com recently caught up with Vitor Belfort to talk to him about what’s coming down the pipe and the UFC middleweight touched on a few interesting topics including the fact that an agreed upon match-up with Wanderlei Silva fell through for unknown reasons and his desire to make it on the UFC Rio card.

According to “The Phenom,” who says he has recovered from his UFC 127 loss to Anderson Silva and is in a “good state of mind,” in spite of UFC president Dana White’s recent assertion that “The Axe Murderer” accepted the bout, he says Silva decided that a fight with Chris Leben would be an easier test for himself.

“I’m still waiting [on my next fight]. They’ve offered me Wanderlei and I accepted it, but it seems that he didn’t want to fight me after all, so I’m waiting now for an opponent. Well, my friend, what can I do? The thong is a men’s whip and he needs to learn to talk less and fight more,” Belfort says. “But, what I can do, right? That’s life, bro, I don’t care about it. I’m focused for my next challenge. I don’t care about names, I don’t pick my opponents, and I always focus 100% in my next fight, independently of who I’ll fight with. For me it’s ok, I don’t live to build up my expectations on men, I hope things come through God, and that’s just life. Sometimes we lose, you can get surprise other times and we have to be prepared and ready for it, because we can’t guarantee results. I’m the kind of guy who likes to do what I say. I don’t like saying [things] and [not] keep up with [them].”

Although he doesn’t know whom he will face next, there are a number of options for Belfort to square off with in the coming months including returning middleweights Chael Sonnen, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Alan Belcher. As far as where he’s like to fight, Belfort says he has his eyes set on the UFC’s upcoming bout in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro as his most coveted destination.

“Fighting in Rio is everything I want. That’s the dream, to fight in Rio de Janeiro — in my country. Fighting for my people has always been my dream,” he explains. “Since I was one of the firsts on the sport in Brazil, it’s a kind of reward for me for everything I [have] done.

When asked about what he has learned in his 15 years in the sport, Belfort says that by competing he learned a lot about life.

“Now I’ve learned that everything in life, whether it’s inside or outside the octagon, doesn’t always happen the way you wish they did, and that the most important thing is that you let some things go,” explains Belfort. “That’s what I call being mature. Success is measured by titles, money, cars, but I don’t think that way, I don’t care what you have, but who you are.”

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@SNACKDADDY...
SPITSBING WOULD GET DESTROYED BY VITOR...
@MONGREL
THAT WASN'T JUICE, IT WAS JESUS BRO, EVERYDAY.

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SnackDaddy- April 14, 2011 at 1:40 am
Give Vitor Bisping and then give Bisping Anderson Silva. Booyeah!
Mongrel- April 13, 2011 at 10:32 pm
Vitor is a guy who was at his prime right at the beginning of his career, back when you could juice and nobody gave a shit. Now he just looks like a saggy grandma.
-Never was a fun.
Jawbreaker_46- April 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
I think its about time for Bisping to get the snot knocked outta him. Why not by Vitor in Rio. Bisping always gets fights across the pond, why not make him fight someone in thier back yard
fatbellyfrank- April 13, 2011 at 8:27 pm
I dont think I'd want Wandy whipping me with his thong
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The Highest Primate- April 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm
sorry i meant 126.. I'll blame the weed. ;/
The Highest Primate- April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Silva Vs Belfort was 128, not 127... 127 was in Australia
Cup Cheick- April 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm
I wonder if he has ever heard the expression "Foot in mouth"..
andersonsyourmom- April 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm
vitor will beat wandy
Lopes- April 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Jesus bro, everyday.
djp1988- April 13, 2011 at 3:04 pm
i think belfort is a pretty cool guy eh whips thongs bro and doesnt affraid of anything.
RwilsonR- April 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Whale talin' makes a man whipped.
RSparrow- April 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm
A thong makes a man whipped. Obviously...
LOKI- April 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm
@Sabado Gigante-'Jezus, I like him very much. But he no help curve ball.'-Pedro Cerano
GILL-uh-TEEN- April 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm
"The thong is a men’s whip"
danomite- April 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm
yeah, but "the thong is a man's whip" should be a saying if it isn't already.
fACE7biter- April 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Eh Belforts kinda right. Wandys been a bitch lately, and he should have accepted a fight with Vitor in Brazil, which is what everyone wanted to see. Instead, he's fighting one month before in a fight without much context, except that both guys have asked for eachother.
Stak40- April 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm
I would be down to see Belfort fight Sonnen in Rio.
Fried Taco- April 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Looking at the original Portuguese in the interview, he said "A língua é o chicote do homem e ele tem que aprender a falar menos e lutar mais" which would translate to "The tongue is the whip of man and he needs to learn to speak less and fight more". Not sure how they got "thong" in there.
Cro mag- April 13, 2011 at 12:51 pm
He was trying to say "a mans tongue" not thong.
Sabado Gigante- April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Are you trying to say that Jesus Christ can't hit a curve ball?!
Fried Taco- April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm
@danomite - Maybe Vitor was referring to this
danomite- April 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm
the thong is a man's whip....I have no idea what that means, but it sounds right.
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