We often get accused of “hating” on Vitor Belfort — then again, we often get accused of “hating” on many MMA fighters we poke fun at — for noting the often hilarious contradictions he makes regarding his usage of TRT. One day, he needs it to survive. The next, he’s willing to go off the treatment for a title shot. And God forbid you see the guy on Sundays…
It’s not that we haven’t appreciated seeing Belfort transform into Blanka from Street Fighter over the past couple of years, it’s just that his career resurgence has been somewhat marred in our (and many fans) eyes by his usage of what many would consider an unnecessary and unfair advantage. These qualms are somewhat validated by the fact that Belfort has been tucked away in Brazil for his past few highlight reel wins and all but banned from using TRT in Nevada on account of his past steroid usage.
Thankfully, it appears that all our worries regarding the legitimacy of Belfort’s resurgence will be put to rest when he receives the middleweight title shot he was promised after knocking out Dan Henderson. According to Lorenzo Fertitta in an interview with ESPN, Belfort will be facing off with Chris Weidman in Las Vegas, ‘MURICA this summer. His quote is after the jump.
“Depending on Chris Weidman,” Fertitta stated, I’d like to do Vegas [in] May or July.”
“Depending on Weidman” is likely referring to the knee injury Weidman hinted at in his post-fight interview at UFC 168, but Lorenzo’s committal to a Vegas showcase has got to please fans hoping to see Belfort fight in the States for the first time since 2011. Then again, if I’m using the comments section of the Youtube video I just linked to as a gauge of where MMA fans stand on Weidman vs. Belfort, I can tell you that Chris Weidman is a “scared” “lucky” “punk” and Belfort is a “bible-thumping juice-monkey with porcupine hair.” Opinionated, strange people, those Youtubers are.
In any case, expect the debate over Belfort’s TRT usage to rage on heading into this fight. Here to throw some gas on the fire is Weidman’s head trainer, Ray Longo:
I know Chris is beating the guy but why give him an advantage? Why does he deserve that? All he did was abuse his body with steroids so that now he needs the exemption. It’s bull—-.
I’d like to imagine that Ray gave that statement with this look in his eyes.