Remember that surprise drug test that Vitor Belfort had to undergo in February? The one where the results were kept private — and were “not relevant” according to Belfort’s lawyer and UFC president Dana White himself, because Belfort wasn’t currently licensed to fight in Nevada? Well, Belfort probably tested positive for elevated testosterone. I mean, we already assumed that was the case, but now we have Joe Rogan saying so explicitly on an episode of his podcast over the weekend:
“They did it to Vitor, random drug test, and Vitor was on testosterone. And that was the reason that testosterone got banned in the first place. The whole thing went down when Vitor tested positive…Before that, [the NSAC was] considering him for a testosterone exemption, and there was a lot of talk whether or not he would be up for a testosterone exemption. But, because when they him he tested positive, they scrapped the whole testosterone program.”
So how did Rogan get hip to this inside info? Actually, we’re not sure — and the fact that he leaked it on his podcast probably didn’t sit well with the UFC. But according to a Yahoo! Cagewriter report from our pal Elias Cepeda, the mystery of Belfort’s random drug test will be cleared up once and for all on June 17th, when the results will be revealed in a NSAC licensing hearing…
“The test results will be made public, yes,” Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett told Cagewriter. “If Mr. Belfort appears at his hearing, which I’m sure he will, the commissioners will get to question him about any topics they want and I’m sure that will come up.”
Belfort is currently slated to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in July, as long as he gets licensed in that 6/17 hearing. Considering he was previously caught for steroids in 2006, and (allegedly) failed an out-of-competition drug test in February, the commission would be well within their rights to turn down his application.
But what if Belfort is licensed? What does that say about the NSAC’s power (or lack of it) in the post-Keith Kizer era? The UFC is promoting Belfort vs. Sonnen as if licensing is just a formality — which sort of implies that the NSAC is a toothless organization that rolls over whenever there’s a lot of money on the line. Maybe the UFC is just crossing its fingers and hoping it all works out. Either way, a precedent will be set on June 17th. Stay tuned…