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By Alexandre Lobo
Getting back to home!
The deal is not closed, but he feels like getting back to his home. Vitor Belfort doesn't give details about the negotiation, but this week the former UFC's Light Heavyweight champ will be in Rio de Janeiro to set the last details with the Brazilian Top Team head members. In an exclusive to TATAME.com, Vitor explains why he decided to return to his old team, talks about the future of his own team (VB Team) and he comments about the critics he got due to his loss to Randy Couture at UFC 49.
You're scheduled to talk with the Brazilian Top Team guys two weeks ago and you didn't go. In the end, are you returning or not to Brazilian Top Team?
I didn't sign the contract yet, but this week I'll be in Rio de Janeiro to solve the last details and do my first practice on this return.
Tell me about the contract. You live in São Paulo. Are you moving back to Rio or you will go their just to train for specific fights?
That's what we've discuss yet. There are few things to set, but I can guarantee that VB Team continues as a team. I've a gym here in São Paulo, I'm opening another one in November and I'll not abandon them. This is not a problem. I opened the team not to compete against any team. I'm just putting the first seed for a better future, after I stop fighting. VB Team continues here and on the contract I'm negotiating to be a BTT partner here in São Paulo. Probably BTT will be also the agent of our fighters.
But why did you decide to get back to Brazilian Top Team?
I've many problems with my coaches on the last days before the fight against Randy Couture (UFC 49) and this bothered me a lot. I've many friends at BTT, I love this team and I'm sure they'll bring me to a good place to practice, without problems. All I need is to be ready for the next fights. I just want to be focused on my preparation.
Many people say you didn't have top fighters to train with on VB Team.
Sure, this was a problem. No one works alone. On BTT I'll train with some of the best fighters of the MMA world.
TATAME #103 brought "Unrecognizable" on the title of the UFC 49 report. How did you get this criticism?