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Vitor Belfort: Conor McGregor ‘will be forgotten’ when he loses

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Vitor Belfort is not a fan of Conor McGregor.

"The Notorious" quickly became one of the biggest stars in the UFC roster after stopping Marcus Brimage in just 67 seconds in his Octagon debut. McGregor won the interim featherweight title two years later, but Belfort does not approve his antics.

Speaking on the way McGregor promotes himself outside the cage, "The Phenom" says he will get attention as long as he wins.

"They have always existed, since Tank Abbott days," Belfort said of McGregor’s trash talk during UFC Fight Night 77 fight week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "He’s winning, but when he stops winning his name will be forgotten.

"This is not WWE. We have to remember that kids and families are watching it. Conor McGregor crosses the line a little bit."

According to the former UFC light heavyweight champion, "The Notorious" will never be as respected as others MMA veterans, like newly retired former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

"An athlete has to have respect, like ‘Minotauro’, who stopped fighting and made history with his style, his humility," he said. "MMA needs more sport and less entertainment."

McGregor headlines the biggest UFC event of the year on Dec. 12, when he faces Jose Aldo for the undisputed featherweight championship in Las Vegas.