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Vitor Belfort Wants Shawn Tompkins to Know He’s Doing Just Fine Training Without Him, Thank You Very Much

("Tell me again what it was like hanging out on the set with Hocky Balboa.")

When a story emerged last week that less than a month prior to the bout Vitor Belfort had jumped ship from training with Shawn Tompkins at TapouT Training Centre in Las Vegas in favor of holding his camp for his February 5 UFC 126 showdown with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva at Xtreme Couture, the Internet exploded with theories about the obvious fragile mental state of "The Phenom" and fans and pundits quickly began writing off the former UFC heavyweight champ’s chances in the fight.

According to Belfort, the truth is, although he returned to working under the tutelage of Tompkins for this camp, he never really actually stopped training at the Randy Couture-helmed gym.

In a recent Twitter post Vitor (who incidentally trained almost exclusively with the Xtreme Couture coaches he’s working with now like Gil Martinez and Ray Sefo for his planned UFC 122 fight with Yushin Okami that was scrapped in favor of the Belfort-Silva bout next month) wrote that Tompkins was way off in his assessment of the situation.

"I dont think I have anything nice to say other than just ignoring it all. I have the right to choose who to train with. I have loyalty and respect and that is why I didn’t hide[the fact that I was also training at Xtreme Couture] from him," Belfort tweeted. "He tooks this more personally. I made my choice and this is just his opinion of it and nothing more."

(Video courtesy Shoot Media/

In the interview he did with Mauro Ranallo, Tompkins focused intently on the report that Belfort was training with former boxing superstar Mike Tyson for the bout — a rumor Belfort also quashed.

"What he said does not reflect the truth because he is not well informed," he explained. "Mike Tyson has never trained me."

It looks like stories of Vitor’s imminent death at the hands of Anderson have been greatly exaggerated.

(Video courtesy YouTube/MMANewsLeak)

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Red Baron- January 26, 2011 at 12:46 am
Hocky Balboa? lol
PERPATRAITOR- January 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm
He would train with Randy. Considering the ass whooping he received as a youngster.
Clyde- January 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm
What do you mean by "pundits beagn writing off Vitor"? Didn't everyone in the business pretty much do that when the fight was announced?
ccman- January 25, 2011 at 3:19 pm
This fight is completely about what spider and what belfort show up. Period.
BONGTAR- January 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm
i hear ya.
Elentius- January 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm
I can't believe all of the doubt with Vitor's speed and power. I do not even think AS will see the punches coming and I do believe Vitor can beat him striking. I certainly hope he doesn't go straight GnP.
youenjoyzedella- January 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Vitor trains to Maroon 5? WTF!!
LOKI- January 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm
....clinches his jaw with a thinly vailed smirk, exhales sharply through nostrails, squints while pinching the bridge of his nose and shaking his head slowly, turns to leaves the thread without rebutting in earnest.
Jugger- January 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm
El Guapo FTW. "tethicle thtomp". Haha! That's rich.

I love Vitor, but I feel like Adrienne standing at the top of the staircase: "You CAN'T WIN!"
hinduheat- January 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Handy is the definition of heart.
El Guapo- January 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm
So Vitor didn't train with Iron Mike?!? I take back my prediction of him winning via 2nd round "tethicle thtomp"..
RwilsonR- January 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
I think Vitor is better off training with Handy. Tompkins has done a decent job improving the striking of wrestlers who previoulsy look like crap on the feet, but I don't know how much he has to offer against a striker like Anderson Silva, and Vitor isn't new to the stand-up game. Vitor is probably better off working his wrestling and gameplanning with Couture. Adding in some takedowns, or at least the threat of takedowns ealry on might be one of the better ways to throw Anderson off his game. Couture can help quite a bit with that.
RearNakedSpoon- January 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm
It would be hilarious if Vitor use Silva's legs like those ropes to prevent the upkicks.
BONGTAR- January 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm
LOKI are you implying that Randy/Handy has no heart? Or am i just a confused jackass? Don't be mean.
LOKI- January 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm
You cant learn heart. Especially not from Handy.
Fried Taco- January 25, 2011 at 11:58 am
It sounds like masturbation, too. Err, or so I've been told...
Imnotamoose- January 25, 2011 at 11:58 am
Hocky Balboa... that's funny.
Get Off Me- January 25, 2011 at 11:57 am
The most troubling part of the second vid is the Maroon 5 song that I can't shake now.....why do relationships have to be so hard?

Tompkins should try to hold on to whatever talent he has left, as mma grows there will be more trainers coming with it, Tompkins had a goodd stable when he started, Stout, Hominick and Hordecki from what I remember(after he retired as a fighter at 0-4, I watched him get beat down twice live in person) and while his fighters are successful, he should not think that someone going to train with Randy Couture vs. himself is not a good idea.
Tompkins is no Natural and he should have nothing but kind words for Vitor moving forward.
Mike Russell- January 25, 2011 at 11:45 am
You must have forearms like Popeye if that's how you masturbate, NinjaNerd8...
NinjaNerd8- January 25, 2011 at 11:39 am
Dat strength an conditioning routine... gaddamn.