Vitor Belfort is an observant cat. He likes to get his pray on, and gives all glory to God for allowing him the strength to fuck dudes up. Nary a sentence he normally speaks without invoking the Almighty seven or eight times. Miraculously though, in this interview with MMAWeekly Vitor manages to wax philosophical about how fighting relates to car racing and doesn’t once mention God:
“I said to Lorenzo (Fertitta) and Dana (White) that I was ready if they needed me, and then they requested me. I believe the fight world became a little complicated and fighters today have this mentality that things run on their time. Can you imagine in my era, they just throw you a pair of gloves and put you in an open weight tournament. Today you need a strategy, a camp, based on the opponent that you fight, and this way they are never ready for short notice fights. I’m not denying that the level and the techniques have improved, but we have to be careful to not become like a Formula 1. In the beginning, it was the driver that was important. Today is the car and technology that wins the race. The driver is secondary in the process. Fighters have to be ready to fight any time. Of course the ones who are in a recovery process from an injury are an exception, and this is acceptable. I believe it is a balance. You cannot take away the business part because we make our living off of the fight but we need to have our roots in what we are: fighters!”
See how sensible Vitor can be when he nixes the pious rhetoric and applies logic to a situation? I’m not referring to the Formula 1 portion of his comments, of course. I’m not sure I understand where Vitor was heading with that one. If the technology is there, then it’s there for everyone. The playing field is level and it goes back to being about the driver. Of course having the funds to get your hands on the technology is crucial, but that’s another story altogether. Regardless, all I can say to Vitor’s secular logic regarding balance is Amen Brother!