'Embarrassed' Vitor Belfort slams Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen for unsportsmanlike TUF brawl

Ethan Miller

Think about the children!

Light heavyweight coaches and bitter Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rivals Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen came to blows recently on episode six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3," the promotion's latest and greatest international version of its combat sports reality show.

Vitor Belfort does not approve.

"The Phenom" took to his official Facebook page earlier this week to slam the TUF coaches for their "unsportsmanlike" behavior, insisting they have a responsibility to keep their fighting professional, and that failing to do so is a poor influence on children.

Translated by MMA Fighting:

"The brawl between Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen at TUF Brazil embarrassed me. First, because MMA is not violence, it is a fight between two guys that are prepared for it and inside an Octagon. That's what I do. I don't brawl, I fight. Second, there's no room for this kind of behavior in a sport like MMA in a time that the sport has its rules inside and outside the Octagon. Third and most importantly, MMA can't influence this behavior that ends in assault as if it were the appropriate model of behavior. Millions of young kids suffer with violence inside and outside their schools, and the television can't be driving this behavior, so the athletes need to represent control no matter what."

Watch the full video of their TUF fight right here.

Silva and Sonnen were punished for what UFC President Dana White called the worst thing to happen to TUF in 20 seasons and will have the chance to finish what they started at the UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, assuming "The Axe Murderer" doesn't bail.

If he does, maybe Chael can drop back down to middleweight to finally settle his "Phenom" score.

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