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Put the Rumors to Rest: Vitor Belfort is Officially a Testosterone-Deprived Old Man


(Hey, you can’t blame Vitor for following in the footsteps of his lord and savior.) 

File this one under “News that absolutely no one should be surprised about.”

We knew something had to be up from the moment Vitor Belfort gave his incoherent, rambling, Animal Farm-esque response when questioned about whether or not he had hopped on the TRT bandwagon currently sweeping through MMA. Either Belfort just really, really feared being ostracized from his future bridge group at the UFC retirement home — the Ultimate Fusspot CareCenter — or he was simply feeding the interviewer whatever thoughts he could string together whilst trying to find the nearest exit. And now that the drug test results for UFC on FX 7 have come back, the UFC would like you to know that Belfort was definitely doing the latter.

Earlier today, UFC officials confirmed that Belfort did in fact receive a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy in the weeks leading up to his main event bout against Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7. But fret not, for his post-fight test “did not indicate the presence of any prohibited substance for increasing performance improvement.” Thank de Jesus for that.

Belfort, who tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone in the aftermath of his unanimous decision loss to Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32, was fingered as suspect #1 when it was first announced that someone had pissed dirty at UFC on FX 7. And while that dishonor that later went to Thiago Tavares, you can expect a snide response from “The Count” to hit the web at any moment in light of this news. Honestly, we wouldn’t blame the guy. Bisping’s last three losses have now come to fighters who all but publicly endorse the stuff, and for once we could see where he’s coming from should he decide to respond. I know, I threw up when I typed that too.

Look, we’ve covered pretty much every angle of the TRT debate around here and we don’t mean to retread old ground, but Keith Kizer truly hit the nail on the head when he said TRT was being likened to “the new Viagra” by MMA fighters and athletes everywhere. And while fighters like Forrest GrffinFrank Mir, and countless others have been quick to declare their sudden need for the treatment, we haven’t exactly jumped on board yet, if only because the information regarding the rules and regulations of TRT usage in MMA is scant at best.

We hate to sound old fashioned, but it’s these kind of exploited loopholes that make us yearn for the days when a beer-bellied Chuck Liddell would knock out any fool on the block without once complaining that his old man balls needed a boost to get him in fighting mode. Anyone else share this nostalgia?

-J. Jones

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Hill-Billy- February 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm
I have mixed feelings about this.

on the one hand, TRT is allowing longer RELEVANT fight careers for people like hendo and belfort. As a fan of great fighters I can appreciate that.

But having the balls of a 20 year old isnt going to stop these guys from having more concussions, torn ligaments, and other injuries when their career in fighting does finally end.

But whatever it's here to stay. young superstars are just going to have to get used to the idea that older experienced guys are going to be around longer and fight better than before TRT.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm
I miss the good old days when semi-human laboratory hybrids could soccer kick the piss out of each other in Japan juiced to the gills. TRT and extreme weight cutting are just the the new juice.
ItburnswhenIpee- February 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm
In other news, the UFC is officially changing it's name to the TFC...
mma4ever- February 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm
U can borrow my cup taco but it might be a bit roomy
dipsetkilla316- February 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
@ Smellypiratehooker that Impossible because kos Doesn't have male genitalia.
smellypiratehooker- February 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm
@taco
Ya so would Koschek, but the last thing he needs is another tool to poke people in the eye with.
RaginAsian- February 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm
"That chicken leg never would've rattled my brain (twice) if it weren't propelled by TRT. Also I would've landed more punches. And had a better gameplan than 'survive'. Probably."
The12ozCurls- February 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm
@Taco

Use a metal colander and hope for the best - you stud.
Fried Taco- February 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm
I would totally take Viagra when fighting MMA, but I just haven't found a cup big enough.
mookiestick- February 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm
Call it a hunch but I have a funny feeling that testosterone might be a performance enhancer. Calling it TRT is just putting lipstick on a pig
The12ozCurls- February 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm
FREE PUSSY RIOT!!!!!!
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