At UFC on FX 7, bantamweight Yuri Alcantara took late replacement BTT fighter Pedro Nobre's back, and started to strike.
Referee Big Dan Miragliotta warned Alcantara about strikes to the back of the head, and then stopped the contest, eventually declaring that Nobre could not continue due to accidental blows to the back of the head, and called it a No Contest.
Many observers, including UFC president Dana White, felt that there were no blows to the back of the head, and that Nobre had exaggerated.
The UFC awarded Alcantara the win money, and released Nobre.
Alcantara’s manager Wallid Ismail and BTT head trainer Murilo Bustamante appeared on the radio program Beat 98, with Bustamante defending Nobre, saying no one should call him an actor.
Wallid, who also promotes Brazil's Jungle Fight, felt otherwise.
"All the strikes hit on the ear, never on the back of the head," said Ismael. "I have no doubt at all, I even feel ashamed for Pedro Nobre. The strike was not illegal.”
Now Bustamante has responded furiously, via FightersOnly.
“Wallid was extremely non-ethical and unprofessional, not to say a coward himself, when he offensively criticized a young fighter who just began his career in the UFC, even more so for being a fellow Brazilian," said Bustamante. "He had neither consideration nor respect for him, besides not knowing to accept the decisions taken by the UFC referee and doctor.
“Pedro, as with all other BTT athletes and other great teams from Brazil, refuse to participate in Jungle Fight because they don’t connive with the principles from the owner of the organization. Wallid never was and never will be a role model in our sport due the simple fact he doesn’t know the meaning of the words ‘ethics’ and ‘morals’.
“Pedro Nobre has given proof of courage and boldness inside the ring, going through lots of difficult times in his fights, being knocked down in some of them, which he was able to overcome afterwards. In his fight with Yuri Marajo he went through a complicated moment when he had his arm locked but got away without submitting, able to escape and keep on the fight. Many would have given up.
“He’s the type of fighter who every fight fan likes. December 9, he won two fights in Bitetti Combat Grand Prix – a respected event managed by a great master, Amaury Bitetti – and he went through tough moments but became the champion against a very tough opponent in the final.
“Because of all this I couldn’t stay silent after listening to and reading too much injustice being said in the last days about a high profile fighter and honest person like Pedro Nobre. I will never accept any offense or mistaken statement about him or about any other Brazilian Top Team fighter.”
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