(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 Grffin, Frank 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?