When Shawn Tompkins told a tale of betrayal and disloyalty regarding Vitor Belfort switching striking coaches, we took it with a huge grain of salt. That’s because Shawn himself has shown ‘disloyalty’ several times before, jumping from Team Quest to XTreme Couture before falling out with them and moving to the Tapout Training Center. Now Vitor Belfort has a very reasonable response to the accusations of infidelity:
“Every fighter has his own mind (and) represents himself, of course, but you have people around you (who) help to make decisions,” he said. “I’ve been training four years, I think, at Xtreme Couture, and I feel good over there.
“When [Tompkins] was last there, we tried to work together. But he’s doing his thing. He was doing his team, and he wants to do it the way he wants. And I felt like I still wanted to work over there (at Xtreme Couture), but I just thought it wouldn’t have worked out. They had, like, personal issues and stuff, and I don’t take things personal. I take things professional, and I met with him and … I really talked to him, and I [said], ‘You’re going to this direction. I think for me what is better is that direction,’ and (it was) not just myself that made the decision.”
It actually sounds like Vitor’s actually the more loyal one, because he never really wanted to leave XTreme Couture with Tompkins in the first place. As for Shawn Tompkins ‘taking things personal’, nooooo. You don’t say!