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Vitor Belfort on the UFC’s deal with Reebok: We are pretty much living in slavery


Vitor Belfort is set to fight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 198 in a middleweight bout and recently spoke with Sportv (transcribed by Bloody Elbow) about how the Reebok deal with the UFC has changed the way fighters earn sponsorship money.

“MMA is a lot closer to entertainment than sport these days. I’m not satisfied with the way the company is handling sponsorship. We are pretty much living in slavery. We can’t use our own sponsors, they are banned inside the Octagon. We have no properties.”

When asked when he thinks he will retire, Belfort responded with this:

“All my next fights could be my last. So you should make your dream as if it was your last, too. I’m very happy with my career and everything I conquered. I do this because I love it, today. I’m still a voice to be heard. I can still help the sport.”

UFC 198 takes place on May 14th at the 40,000-seat Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The prelims will begin on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET with four bouts. There will be another four prelim bouts that begin at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. The main card kicks off on PPV at 10 p.m. ET with five bouts.

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