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White: Belfort Fighting in Brazil Due to Globo Request

Vitor Belfort

Although some fans are just excited to have Vitor Belfort scheduled to fight again, and against a legend like Dan Henderson, critics aren’t too thrilled about the fact it will take place in Brazil. Since Belfort is approved for TRT use in Brazil, and not in Nevada, some people have questioned if this is why he  hasn’t fought outside the nation in 2013. Not only that, but some TRT detractors have asked whether Belfort continues to fight there, because his treatments aren’t being properly monitored.

Of course, UFC President Dana White has consistently shot down the accusations, and when asked about the issue once more after UFC Fight Night 27, here’s what he had to say.

“The second most important media that we’re in business with is Globo. Globo is very important…They had a big fight that’s going to be on Globo so they wanted f—in Vitor,” White said about the massive media company. “So, if they want Vitor, they’re going to get Vitor. They tell me they want, whoever they say they want, I’m going to try to make it happen.”

“Vitor Belfort is not cheating; Vitor Belfort is not not being tested, Vitor Belfort is not fighting in Brazil because he can get away with something down there; that’s ridiculous. First of all, we wouldn’t do that for anybody, anybody. We would never put together a situation where a fighter has an advantage over another fighter.”

When Belfort appeared on “The MMA Hour” earlier in the week, he also argued his Brazil bookings are due to the fact he’s a big name down there, rather than his TRT use.  As far as the actual fight, it will take place November 9th in Goias, Brazil. It’s a huge bout for both veterans.

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