(Belfort has no problem with Brazilian on Brazilian crime.)
During an interview with Tatame earlier this month, number one UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort was asked to respond to recent remarks made by Wanderlei Silva that Anderson Silva is going to, "beat the hell out of ‘The Phenom’" and let’s just say he wasn’t overly impressed.
"I don’t think anything, he’s a spectator and he can think whatever he wants to. If you have a mouth, you can say whatever you want and Wanderlei has a big mouth. But it’s about cheering, everyone can cheer for their favorite, and the important is to be respectful and know how to choose the right words," Belfort said. "In February I’ll have my chance for the belt and let’s see how it’ll be."
What’s interesting is Belfort, who mentioned again in the interview with the Brazilian magazine that "The Spider" is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, made similar comments about Silva’s manager Ed Soares being a clown with a big mouth and he was contacted by the sometimes UFC translator to clear the air. According to Soares, he gave Belfort similar advice about being respectful in his expressing opinion as Vitor gave "The Axe Murderer."
I always though Brazilians stuck together in MMA. Then again, Chuteboxe and Brazilian Top Team were like the Crips and the Bloods back in the day, so I guess it isn’t THAT surprising.