Shocking news came out last week that Vitor Belfort had left his trainer Shawn Tompkins to train his striking exclusively at Xtreme Couture. Belfort, who is preparing for his first shot at UFC gold in years against middleweight champion Anderson Silva, had made claims earlier that he had plans to train with former boxing heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson.
In an interview with Mauro Ranallo, Tompkins had this to say about Belfort: “Vitor has done this before. Vitor sometimes, he gets a little clouded in his head. It’s not that he brought in Mike Tyson or anything like that. Vitor just wanders, you know, and he goes where, you know, what’s happening, what’s famous, what’s popular and he’ll go over there and Mike Tyson isn’t teaching him anything. Neither is the other eight gyms that he’s training at. Just because he’s over at Couture’s and not with me doesn’t mean he’s with Couture’s. Vitor isn’t loyal to anybody. We’ve seen it before.”
Belfort responded recently on twitter to Tompkins remarks, “I dont think I have anything nice to say other than just ignoring it all. I have the right to choose who to train with. I have loyalty and respect and that is why I didn’t hide[the fact that I was also training at Xtreme Couture] from him,” Belfort tweeted, which is now officially the most awkward verb in the english language. “He tooks this more personally. I made my choice and this is just his opinion of it and nothing more.”
Reportedly, Belfort trained almost exclusively with the Xtreme Couture coaches he’s working with now like Gil Martinez and Ray Sefo for his planned UFC 122 fight with Yushin Okami, so not sure why this has become the huge ordeal that it became. Belfort has always jumped around to different training camps, for better or for worse, and with MMA it’s becoming more and more rare for someone to stay with one team only. What do you think – is it best to train exclusively at one gym or bounce around to get different opinions?
Unrelated, I just saw these badass boxing gloves on MMAHQ.com today from “Badboy”, the company that sponsors Vitor, Shogun and Machida among others. These gloves are some high quality ones straight from Brazil, and are only $40 bucks until midnight tonight when the deal ends. Normally, Bad Boy gear like this is pricey, and right now they are cheaper than even most pro-MMA gloves! Amazing deal for a sweet pair of gloves, so scoop up a pair before I buy them all!