Vitor Belfort joined the Blackzilians after leaving Xtreme Coture. Mario Sperry who is Belfort’s old teammate and mentor is currently the coach at famed Blackzilians. Both learned Jiu-Jitsu from the legendary Carlson Gracie.
MMA Fighting talks to both and asked Sperry when the two met
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“That’s a funny question,” says the gray-haired Sperry, because he can barely remember a time when he didn’t know Vitor. He knew him before he was “the Phenom,” and before he was even in MMA. As it turns out, he first met Belfort when he was seven years old, around their Rio neighborhood. “We’ve worked together many times on many occasions, and now our destinies crossed again,” he said.
“Everything (Vitor) does in sports, he does very well.
“Life is funny. Things can change very fast. We just met each other again, and it’s like old times. Vitor is much more mature but he’s still strong and fast. At some points we went different ways but now we’re back together. Life is funny, and sometimes it gives you great surprises.”
“We’ve worked together many times on many occasions, and now our destinies crossed again.”