“What I meant is this: the sport is coming towards a big change. Let’s talk about uniforms. You see this? (Points to sponsor’s shirt.) These are the people that I have a big contract with. Big contract. Lots of money. So now I’ve gotta go to them and say, ‘Listen, I cannot have you guys inside the cage because we have these guys that sponsor UFC, this big company, that people are only going to be allowed to wear them. And in their mind, they say, ‘Okay. But they will pay you what we pay?’ And I say, ‘No, I don’t have anything with them.’ And we have a lot of discussions — it’s right, it’s not right, people like it, people don’t like it. But you know, I understand that things have to be done today for the future. So as a businessman, I was talking about (wanting) something to be fair. It’s a rule, everybody has to follow the rule. Somebody is going to be on my uniform and they’re not going to pay me monthly? It’s fair? I have a 19-year career. I don’t think it’s fair, because some fighters have the privilege to have a contract with this big organization that comes for my sport (Reebok), and they have monthly pay. So the same thing I was talking about with it, I was talking about this thing that I love — I love to work with the commission in Nevada. They’re great people and they’re going after everybody. And I said, to be fair, something to be fair has to apply to everyone equal.”
In a new interview with MMAFighting.com, Vitor Belfort discussed the practice of fair-play among all his fighting peers.
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