Countless fans, many of whom were Brazilian, were utterly disappointed when news surfaced over the weekend middleweight Vitor Belfort had withdrawn from a headlining fight against Wanderlei Silva in front of their countrymen at UFC 147. One of the people left far from pleased with the development was none other than Silva himself who has had a longstanding rivalry with “The Phenom”.
Silva recently spoke about the news in a conversation with TATAME where he blasted Belfort, questioning both his professionalism and courage.
“We are professionals. It’s a great irresponsibility not to be careful on training, a great disrespect towards the fans,” stated Silva, in many cases speaking directly to Belfort through the interview. “I’m really sad. I’m ready to knock you out, you have nowhere to run…I guess you got scared of me. Nobody trains so hard that breaks his hand. We use the best equipments, gloves, bandages.”
“If you were scared, you shouldn’t have accepted it. If you really got it broken, it’s amateurism and if you didn’t, you’re scared,” Silva continued. “In both scenarios, it was irresponsible of you towards the fans. Pardon the word, but I’m pissed with your amateurism.”
The UFC is still seeking a replacement for Belfort to face “The Axe Murderer” on June 23 in Brazil. A handful of names have been rumored as possibilities with Alan Belcher seemingly the most likely given his recent success in addition to the number of well-known 185ers already booked for future bouts.
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