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.