Vitor Belfort: “I’ve lost this fight, I’ve lost a battle, but not the war.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Vitor Belfort speaks out for the first time since his stunning knockout loss to UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva this past weekend at UFC 126 in Las Vegas, Nevada, labelling the one in ten kick kick that finished the fight “lucky”.

Speaking via Tatame Magazine, Belfort said:

“Look, that kind of kick is very hard to catch, it’s also hard to fit it too, but he did it. He can use this kick, but the way he did is pretty difficult to, but he did it. I believe you only get lucky if you train. He trained and got lucky. But I think it’s something that if he tried to do in ten fights he would only be succeeded once (laughs). He deserved it. I was doing fine on the fight, I was winning it, but I wasn’t lucky to fit that punch, I missed it, that punch on the ground was really powerful. If it hits him… But it didn’t and his kick hit me hard, it was his night, I can’t help it. Everything I promised to do, I did. I didn’t get the win, but it’s part of the sport. I’ll get my chance. We’ll work now so I get it the next time.”

“I know Anderson, I know he’s a good guy, I like him, he’s to be congratulates for his attitude at the end of the fight. If he’s a champion, he has to act like one: to be humble and, at the end of the fight, he showed it. He’s a champion, he won that fight, but I use to say: the competition goes on. One win isn’t one moment. I’m sure that, soon, I’ll get my chance again. But we can’t take Anderson’s credits, he is to be congratulates, he’s the champion and he act like one when it was over. He and all his camp, Joinha (Jorge Guimarães) and Ed Soares (Anderson’s managers) called me later to check out how I was doing… So, people are respectful, they got my message about respect. It was good for the sport, Brazil grew a lot with it, we were part of history in Brazil with this fight. Me and Anderson grew a lot as persons, it’s a joy. In the end, this fight marked the history of the country and now the sports is seen on a different way. Congratulations for him, and for all Brazilian that stopped the country to watch the fight, and that’s it. I’ve lost this fight, I’ve lost a battle, but not the war.”

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