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Vitor Belfort Issues Apology for Suggesting That John Morgan Should Be Beaten for Asking Him About TRT

(John Morgan is an award-winning MMA journalist with a rack of those trophies on his mantle. Everything else is virtually identical.)

As we all know, Testosterone Replacement Therapy — or “legalized steroids,” if you want to be an asshole about it — is a private matter that’s best kept between you and Jesus. But for some reason, MMA media members can’t stop wondering about the ethics of Vitor Belfort‘s hormone treatments, and how much TRT should be credited for the Brazilian slugger’s recent career-resurgence.

So, during the UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference on Saturday night, just moments after Belfort spinning heel-kicked Luke Rockhold into BolivianMMAJunkie’s John Morgan asked Belfort the following question: “How frustrating is it that every time you do something good people just want to ask you about testosterone, and how much that’s playing in your life and can you just address that?” (Let’s give a brief round of applause for the brilliantly underhanded nature of that question. Instead of asking Belfort “what’s up with the testosterone, bro?” Morgan asks how frustrating it is that people — like John Morgan, for example — keep asking about it. Kudos, sir.)

Belfort’s response was quick and to the point: “Can somebody beat him up for me please? Can somebody beat him up? You’re boring, get out of here,” responded Belfort. Belfort then said he didn’t want to answer any more questions from Morgan. “Talk to my hand.” (Let’s give a brief round of applause for Belfort’s use of a slang phrase that has been out of circulation since around the time of Belfort’s UFC debut in 1997.)

Now, suggesting that a reporter should be beaten up during a press conference seems like an innocent joke on paper, but you have to keep in mind that the room was packed with Brazilian media members, most of whom were likely carrying shock pens. Luckily, Morgan made it out unscathed, and after a few days of reflection, Belfort released a statement on twitter today expressing how badly he feels about the incident:

To all my fans and to all the reporters that was there on the after press conference I would like to ask for forgiveness the way I answer about TRT I RECOGNIZE THAT I ANWSER IN A IMMATURE WAY BUT WAS THE 10 th time that that reporter ask the same question. No excuse!! I made a WORNG call and I am here to ask for forgiveness God bless all you guys love to do what I do and I am keeping moving UP SEEKING GROW AS A MEN OF GOD AND AS A FIGHTER “DONT DOUT ME I WILL PROUVE U WORNG” PEACE

Unlike GSP, I think we can all assume that Belfort is in charge of his own twitter feed. And props to Vitor for at least acknowledging that what happened at that press conference was sort of weird and uncalled for. (See Mike? How hard was that?) Still, the entire incident underscores what a touchy subject TRT use is among MMA fighters — especially ones who already have a checkered history with PEDs.

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Cora_Corral- May 23, 2013 at 4:52 am
my neighbor's step-sister makes $82 every hour on the laptop. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her payment was $18144 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Here's the site to read more
HEY- May 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm
One look at Vitor and you can tell right away that he has a problem with low testosterone. No doubt...
Meister574- May 22, 2013 at 7:47 am
Is it just me or does it look like Vince Vaughn put on a ton of weight?
Thumblaster- May 22, 2013 at 3:48 am
@ dedflesh, vitor's not a slob,years of steroids and trt have kept him in mark coleman shape.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2013 at 1:31 am
dedflesh- May 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm
what a fucking slob. probably looks like most of you.
dranokills- May 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm
That's OK Vitor buddy that was just the extra fucking testosterone you have coursing through your cheating ass fucking body that was talking! I'm sure JESUS will forgive you.
phantom151- May 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm
vitor should have kicked his head off
Get Off Me- May 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm
@google Chael lied about it under oath, got suspended, was asked about it by reporters and said "I would die without it" and that was sufficient enough of an answer for reporters like Morgan. I think Dana 180'd on TRT and the journalists who want jobs with the UFC followed. The best one was Shane Carwin, never once talked about it at all, interviewers were instructed not to ask about it. Stay out of the loop though, from what I see it's fucked.
teep- May 21, 2013 at 3:23 pm
Hey, just so you know, talk to the hand is just now getting popular in Brazil.
Deadpanda- May 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm
Bad Guy Vitor: Responds to someone questioning the legitimacy of his testosterone replacement therapy because of his previous steroid abuse with roid rage.
google- May 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm
Maybe im out of the loop. Why is this any diffrent then what Frank Mir, Todd Duffe, Chael P, and Shane Roller Do? Why does Vitor get all the grief and questions about it, but its never a deal with them? I dont think it should matter, as long as levels stay at normal. I mean, if we could do are jobs better by getting a shot, that was not against the rules, and we could keep doing what we love longer, whouldn't we all do this?
Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2013 at 1:31 am
Your creative abuse of the English language impresses me.
algiersheadkick504- May 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm
Vitor looks like he can kill a raptor with his barehands...but since the trt thing has made vitor a killing machine I would like to see supper saiyan vitor vs Anderson...I think vitor will just bite Anderson's foot off if he trys the "seagal kick" again
mookiestick- May 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm
He's still juicing.
Fried Taco- May 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm
Can't blame a guy for trying to get a piece of the action!
MorningwoodII- May 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm
if you had Belfort on the right and Morgan on the left in the story picture. It would have been a great before and after ad for TRT.