On the top of his profession, Vitor Belfort was thought-about certainly one of MMA’s most violent knockout artists. A method constructed on aggression and lightening fast punches made him a ferocious risk for anybody that needed to check their mettle towards him within the Octagon. It’s considerably shocking, then, to listen to his ideas on trendy MMA forward of his deliberate return to the game in ONE Championship—someday after the promotion returns from their pressured COVID-19 hiatus.
In a current interview with MMA Combating, the ‘Phenom’ spoke about what he sees as the longer term for MMA—and why he feels the game’s development and curiosity has largely stagnated with the broader public. It’s an space he’s apparently put lots of concentrate on as a part of his new relationship with ONE Championship.
“Earlier than I signed with ONE, I actually noticed that ONE is an organization that’s prepared to take this data from somebody who paved the best way and realized,” Belfort defined, talking of his want to proceed working in MMA after his preventing profession is completed.
Whereas Belfort touched on judging as a core space in want of adjustment – and admitted that manufacturing values have improved lots over time – his principal focus for MMA’s lack of improvement appears to lie with guidelines and security.
“However let’s discuss in regards to the security half,” he stated. “The very first thing that must be modified is security. Have a look at soccer. Soccer modified lots of guidelines. The gear, the best way they assault, the quarterback they can not get hit like they used to earlier than. Why? As a result of the very first thing we expect, we’re considering security.
“I don’t like when promoters are selling blood, violence. I don’t like that. As a result of guess what? Inform me a promoter moreover (ONE CEO) Chatri (Sityodtong) or possibly (Bellator President) Scott Coker, those that have fought earlier than, they’ve actually been within the ring they usually’ve fought, individuals who have been in there they usually understand how it’s to get bruised and get lower with 200 stitches in your face. It’s very straightforward to ship somebody to struggle and say, ‘Hey, go battle for me. I’ll be right here dwelling ready so that you can return.’ Whenever you look to historical past, the kings earlier than, they used to enter the entrance of the battles. King David, you identify it. Now, presidents, they are saying let’s go battle, however it’s straightforward to select up a battle if you don’t must go and battle your self.”
As for the specifics he desires to handle? “Stomp kicks,” like those Jon Jones used towards Thiago Santos to injures his knees got here in on the high of the checklist.
“Thiago Marreta’s been out of preventing as a result of the [oblique] kicks that Jon Jones was doing, they only tore all of the ligaments of his knees. After all, he’ll by no means be the identical. After all, he can return, however he won’t ever be the identical. So what’s the aim of that kick? To trigger a win, to trigger a knockout, or to trigger damage?”
Belfort additionally focused MMA’s willingness to let fights proceed regardless of massive cuts and the quantity of seen blood usually shed in MMA. He even took a while to speak about Anthony Smith’s current loss to Glover Texieira, all of which he feels not solely contributes to an absence of broader acceptance for the game, however can also be detrimental to the long-term well being of the athletes competing.
Simply how what number of of his concepts ONE are going to implement within the cage stays to be seen. The promotion has gained some famous reward from their very own athletes over their obvious adjustments to weight chopping, nonetheless the dearth of transparency round that initiative has left simply as many questions because it purported to supply solutions. Equally, ONE’s ban on slam takedowns has appeared to trigger extra controversy over its use to overturn wins than it has appeared to essentially enhance security for fighters. ONE Championship positively appears prepared to experiment, however the outcomes of these experiments aren’t essentially clear.