Joe Rogan Says Vitor Belfort Tested Positive, Results Likely to Become Public at NSAC Hearing

June 3, 2014
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Vitor BelfortFor everyone that wants to know about the results of Vitor Belfort’s surprise drug test from early February, we’re all likely to find out what they are on June 17.

That is the day that Belfort must go before the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a comprehensive licensing review in order to gain licensure for his proposed July 5 bout with Chael Sonnen. If he is cleared, Belfort and Sonnen will meet as part of a stacked UFC 175 fight card.

“The test results will be made public, yes,” new NSAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMAWeekly.com content partner Yahoo! Sports.

“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.”

The results have been withheld thus far because Belfort does not currently hold a license in Nevada. Since he does not hold a license, submitting to the test in February was voluntary, and subsequently the commission does not have the authority to release the results without Belfort’s permission.

Belfort has withheld permission because, according to his legal team, the results are “irrelevant.”

They are sure to become highly relevant on June 17 when Belfort is questioned about whether or not he should be licensed to fight in the state of Nevada. At that point, if he is questioned about the results, they will be admitted into public record, unless he declines to answer, which would most likely negate any chances of getting licensed.

While he has yet to publicly reveal the results, UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan has publicly commented that Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which led the Nevada commission to banning testosterone replacement therapy exemptions.

“(They gave Belfort a random drug test) and Vitor was on testosterone,” said Rogan on a recent edition of his podcast. “That was the reason that testosterone got banned (in Nevada) in the first place. The whole thing went down when Vitor tested positive with the Nevada State Athletic Commission… Because he tested positive, they scrapped the whole testosterone program.”

Rogan would certainly be a part of the inner circle that might become aware of Belfort’s test results, although they weren’t publicly released, but an official answer won’t come until Belfort goes before the Nevada commission on June 17.

Even if he did test positive for elevated levels of testosterone in early February, the commission is within its authority to grant him a license.

Belfort has already submitted his application and provided the requested medical information that the Nevada commission required of him, according to NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar. So whether or not he is granted a license will come down to what the commissioners ask of him on June 17 and how he answers.

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  • jrcr_15

    Joe is apparently the Maury Povich of the MMA world now..

    • rubixx

      Or he is the most knowledgeable figure in the entire sport. Period.

  • Usmc8408

    Was there really ever any question whether a repeat offender’s results would be negative, when he refused to release the results as “irrelevant?”

  • Mark McDowall

    Is this really surprising to anyone? Would be kinda funny if they denied him a license…

    • TheCerealKiller

      I hope they do deny him. He’s a cheater and he doesn’t regret his cheating.

      • shakejunt

        his fight with chale makes no sense anyway.

        • Mark McDowall

          Very true…

        • AXE MURDERER

          Agree he should be fighting Souza, Mousasi or a rematch with Rockhold ,off of the jungle juice!

      • Mark McDowall

        Not only that…he said that he needs TRT to live basically…and now all of a sudden he doesnt?!?!

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    So he volunteered the results but they are irrelevant unless he refuses to talk about it? All kinds of contradictions but its obvious VItor doesnt plan on fighting without TRT. They should make a statement out of him

    • Shamlam

      Do you like penis? I think you do.

      • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

        Do you have one in your ear? I think you do

  • Ian Price

    If he is clean now, it should be ok. I want to see Chael pound him out more than I want to see Vitor get banned.

  • jeremy

    It’s irrelevant because it was before they banned it… So he should get to fight unless he now pissed dirty.

    • TheCerealKiller

      People are speculating that he tested “elevated”, not normal. That would be abuse of the testosterone therapy and once again against the rules. He’s a cheater, so screw him.

      • Mark McDowall

        I read on one site that Rogan was heard telling someone that he tested “through the roof”. Whether theres anything to that or not I don’t know but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  • MuayThaiFood

    It was no secret Vitor was taking Testosterone. Has anyone considered that Rogan might have been high as a kite and talking out his ass?

    • rubixx

      Ummm.. What does that matter? We all know Vitor is juiced. Brogan being high has nothing to do with the quality of of information he puts out. I also doubt he’d risk his job by putting out bogus info about the #1 contenter. Dana would have his ass.

      • MuayThaiFood

        It just doesn’t seem real plausible to me that they would have scrapped all TRT exemptions because of Vitor, with Joe Rogan being the only one with knowledge on it willing to speak out. Also, the article says he tested for elevated levels according to Rogan but that is not what he was quoted as saying in the article which is bad reporting also in my opinion. Vitor was not licensed in Nevada yet so was not required to have a thereputic use exemption issued by the NSAC. Rogan’s quote in this article gives absolutely no reason for the NSAC to take action. Vitor’s quote sheds no new light on Vitor so something doesn’t compute.

    • Mark McDowall

      I’d be more worried about Rogan being sober when he said these things. The guy smokes so much weed that he probably functions in reverse of people that don’t smoke.

      • MuayThaiFood

        That’s true, I know people like that.

        • aaron gustaveson

          no you dont.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Um, yeah I do actually. But to be more clear what I meant without going into a long drawn out explanation (most people wouldn’t need it) was that I know people who don’t function as well without it as they do on it. These are people who are daily users. They wake up in the morning and the first thing they do is take a tune up puff before work. On an elk hunt, same thing, smoking throughout the day. Works for them but no way could I do it or would I want to.

          • aaron gustaveson

            Nope. They’re still high when their high and sober when sober. Only thing that should be negatively affected when they are not high is appetite.

    • aaron gustaveson

      how would being high (on cannabis) affect the validity of his statement?

      • MuayThaiFood

        Funny, pot smokers are such a touchy, defensive lot. I made the reference to him being high in jest. But for the sake of argument we could say he was and then, yes, I would have to say that I would question the validity. I’ve said things while high that I couldn’t remember 30 seconds later. But calm down, I was just being facetious. If you read my other comment below I explain why his statement seems fishy to me. No need to dwell on the Joe’s well known love of herb, it’s a non issue unless you just like to argue.

  • kiss44

    In any event, I am more curious to know why Vitor and Chael are even fighting. If Cheal wins, why on earth should he be considered a #1 contender. How do you justify him even being considered worthy of fighting for the belt?

    • Maddawgmar

      I agree, I feel Chael could play spoiler, then be in title contention.

  • Alex’sMom

    Chael, Hendo, Vitor, and rest of the TRT/PED crew.

  • Balls deep

    So vitor gets busted abusing his privileged trt so they get rid of it? Should be getting rid of that idiot.

  • We.Are.Legion

    Im so sick of this cheater, fire his ass already.

  • james j

    Last I saw chael, he was beaten silly by Rashad. How is he still relevant?