Vitor Belfort: ’Jose Aldo is a real athlete, Conor McGregor is a trash talker’
Vitor Belfort fiercely criticized Conor McGregor as well as the UFC that backs up the 'Irish sensation'. 'The Phenom' is not known for harsh words and he has been lately very moderate when it comes to making comments on other fighters. However, he seems to be very frustrated when it comes to the direction the UFC is taking. He claims McGregor is not an athlete but an entertainer.
"This is a legend fight Belfort vs. Henderson 3. We don't need trash talk to sell tkts. I am wondering if one day MMA will be seen more like a sport and less than entertainment? It seems that we are going to the wrong way. A good example is Aldo (real athlete) and Mc Gregor (trash talker). To become an Olympic sport we have to apply the Olympic values not only the Olympic rules. Where is the RESPECT?!? I don't want to see our kids thinking that to become a successful MMA athlete you have to talk crap instead of respecting others. Real martial arts is not about this!!! We need a good example starting from the organizations, fighters and extending to the media and fans. It is a free consulting!!! I have a voice!!!!"
Indeed, it seems the UFC had taken the money driven direction. While they mistreat Jose Aldo who is a real champ, they try to put Conor McGregor, who is a poorer fighter, but louder, at his place. It will be interesting to head what the UFC has to say on this comment coming from their former champ.