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Vitor Belfort loves you all

There’s a funny moment in a new interview with Vitor Belfort where he seriously says ‘I was winning’ that fight against Anderson Silva. There have been times where guys can claim this: Andrei Arlovski was doing pretty good against Fedor up til that flying knee. Chael Sonnen can also say ‘I was winning.’ But Vitor?

Anyways, rather that concentrating too much on that little bit of fighter self-delusion, I thought I’d concentrate on Vitor’s non-victory speech he gave in the same interview. It’s quite poetic:

The message I have to send them is this: thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and affection. We’ve suffered together, we’ve cried together… I want to say we’ve lost a battle, but not the war. Respect is a word I want my fans to get, not only on the sport, but on their lives.

I know many times the outcome is not exactly what we hoped for, but the fans we make and all we get… They know who I am and who I’ll always be. On that bout I was ready to fight, and everybody knew I was prepared. I’m a mature Vitor, a Vitor who recognize things. I see the Love and affection that the fans give me and I say it’s my fuel, it’s what makes me to move on, what makes me live the moment.

I have to lose 20 pounds in one day to schedule my fight, to be a part of history, even having fought with a person I like, that I’ve trained with, I knew this fight was going to be remembered as it did. I’m sure I’m a part of history for many Brazilians and non-Brazilians too.

The values of incorruptible respect I brought to many hearts – ones get it and others don’t, but in the end, the respect matters most, agreeing with it or not, the respect is greater. A kiss in all your hearts and that God bless you.

I don’t know about you, but he certainly kissed my heart.

  • glassjawsh

    too bad vitor was winning though. they just stared at each other for 2 minutes and then vitor was the aggressor during the flurry that led to the foot sandwich

    anybody have a fight metric or whatever breakdown of the 1st round? It’d be interesting to look at

  • agentsmith

    I guess if winning = not losing yet, then yeah he was kicking ass right up until he got KTFO’d.

  • scissors61

    According to fightmetric Vitor landed 6 of 15 strikes thrown, Silva landed 6 of 10 strikes thrown (one of those being the knockout blow). That’s a 60% ratio for Silva, 40% for Vitor. Vitor never really landed anything too significant, although I would say that based on the takedown he got he was “winning” the round up until the finish. But it’s not like he was winning definitively or putting Anderson in any sort of trouble. Vitor’s a good guy, though. If it had been anyone else in there with him and the GSP/Silva superfight hadn’t been on the line I would’ve been cheering for Belfort. 

  • lukustra

    sounds like a suicide note.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Lukustra makes a good point.

    Vitor was not losing right up until he lost.

  • ghostboner

    I love Victor and everything, but the upside down dog tattoo on his arm is just puzzling. I really hope he has “the Bounty Hunter” on this other arm, upside down.

  • Reem.Hadouken

    Vitor needs to take a break from all that jesus crap and get his head straight.

  • agentsmith

    @ ghostboner:

    He expect dog, bro… every day.