Michael Bisping Releases Official Statement on Vitor Belfort’s TRT Usage for UFC on FX 7 Bout

February 9, 2013
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When reports kicked up that a UFC on FX 7 fighter failed his drug test for the event on Jan. 19 in Brazil, rumors started flying, pointing the finger at Vitor Belfort, who defeated Michael Bisping in the main event.

As it turns out, it was Thiago Tavares that tested positive, not Belfort.

Belfort has still come under much scrutiny, however, when it became public that he had a therapeutic use exemption for Testosterone for that fight.

Bisping has long been a critic of TRT usage in mixed martial arts, and while he makes no excuses for his loss to Belfort, the brash British fighter did recently release an official statement about Belfort’s “legal” TRT usage.

Official Michael Bisping Statement on Vitor Belfort:

As some of you may know, I’ve just got back to Orange County from filming a movie in England.   There have been dozens and dozens of interview requests and tweets about the recent news.

I’m back in England next week for the UFC on FUEL show, and right now all I really want to do is see my family, especially my daughter, who turned just turned 10 (happy birthday, Elle!). So, I wanted to do a short statement here and then move on to my fight with Alan Belcher, April 27th at UFC 159.  

Here’s what I’ve got to say:

As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don’t like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.

Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear.  I don’t feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now.  All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally.  A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don’t understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone. 

All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk.  I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way.  That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher’s ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.  

Thanks everyone for their support – can’t wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.

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  • someone

    classy move by bisping

    • Put very well my friend. I have always been a fan of us and I’m happy to see he continues to hype up fights but when its done and over he talks like a gentleman.Now what’s next for him is what I wonder.

    • kennybro

      exactly what i was going to say.

    • Oswald Cobblepott

      I hate roids and Bisping equally

    • bajafox

      Yea, I don’t like the guy one bit but this is one of the best statements he’s ever made

  • Darin

    Bisping is good people.

    • Zztoppppp

      Yea definitely not a good person but he is good people. Idiot.

      • Sir_Roy

        People who feel the need to call others ‘idiots’ for voicing their opinions, are generally not the sharpest knives in the drawer themselves. Wonder if you have the nerve to call folks idiots to their faces. Probably not.

        World is getting more and more replete with internet tough guys. Coming out of the woodwork they are.

        • macgrubber

          “Wonder if you have the nerve to call folks idiots to their faces.”
          HA i do everyday bro. mad?

          • Sir_Roy

            Sure you do … online. And no, I’m not ‘mad’. But thanks for asking.

  • Spence

    classy indeed

  • TRTcopout

    Don’t like that fighters use TRT. I think it should not be allowed.

    • Brian

      It is allowed ONLY to make Testosterone levels equal to that of a normal man … why not???

      • Fuzzy

        “normal” in what sense? Testosterone levels naturally change across age, and get depleted as you get older. Why should a 35 year old be allowed to have testosterone levels like that of a 21 year old?

  • George Sperry

    I can’t stand the guy but he’s 100% correct on this. Legal cheating is what it is.

    Use steroids until your own system is ruined then have a doctor give you testosterone until you have a 6-1 epitestosterone to testosterone ratio compared to a man that has a natural 1-1 ratio and it’s all legal. BS is what it is and there is NO fairness to it at all.

    • b-soc

      Agreed. Its legalized cheating. Diaz has a license to smoke weed, but they don’t let him away with it. If your testosterone was truly low and you medically required TRT, you wouldn’t be able to train and fight in the first place. People don’t realize that. The commissions need to stop this before the sports reputation gets hurt, or worse – a fighter gets seriously hurt.

      • George Sperry

        The trouble with Diaz , as I understand it, is he didn’t ask for and thus wasn’t granted an exception for pot use.
        As far as I know he still hasn’t applied for one.
        I don’t know if he would get the exception but if he doesn’t apply for he he surely won’t get it.

      • Anthony Lopez

        That’s actually highly incorrect information. Just because someone needs to take TRT does not mean that they could not train or fight. I don’t know where you heard that from or if you just made it up, but it has no basis on fact.

  • Mike mckinney

    It’s a tougher arguement than should guys be allowed to use Trt or not.
    A persons career choice should have no bearing on a doctors decision to treat a patient properly. Whether he’s a fighter or he’s a waiter, Vitor should do what’s best for his health.
    It would also be really tough for a commission to put rules in place that would require fighters to not follow their doctors advice so they can work. Especially when in theory, there is no harm being done.
    With all that being said, I get everyone who doesn’t trust that the fighters, or doctors are on the up and up. (I feel the same way about doctors signing off on marihuana usage)
    I also get that everyone assumes that these guys need Trt because of past steroid usage. Problem is that it only takes a single guy and doctor being on the up and up to unravel the whole thing.
    It’s the same ideal of our justice system. “It’s better to let 100 guilty men go free than to put a single innocent man behind bars.”
    It’s a much tougher debate than people give it credit.

  • Mike

    Bisping is right 100%. Someone caught taking roids illegally, should be permitted exemption. Steroids reduce testosterone levels over use, its relatively common knowledge.

    This isnt a tricky argument at all. You do not have a right to be a ufc fighter…. it is a privilege for a very athletically and skillset elite. Not for cheaters or people past their respective primes. I recall a day when 35wasthe pretty much the end of the road for a fighter… then Randy Couture came along and tainted the sport with his capt america bs…. only thing that guy has in common with capt america is theyre both on something. Granted it is speculation…. but medically…. 50 year olds dont have that type of physique without hormone/testosterone therapy. Which im not against medically… but for athletics??!! You either have what it takes or you dont… plain and simple. Trt is cheating…. not very bushido…. this sport is losing its identity, integrity, and soul to this s***. It used to be about true competition. Bushido style… with an unspoken code of honor. Now weve got gregg jacksons cheating, roided out, blood doping, trt taking, lay and preying, carlos the natural born runner awayer just s****ing on the core values of the sport to walk away with easy wins.

    • Brian

      You should write a book next time dude…

    • Sir_Roy

      For those training their whole lives, you’d better believe you can look like Randy does at 50 without drug use. There are plenty of folks pushing 50 that would make many a 20 year old look like the Pillsbury doe boy.

      As to TRT use, I personally don’t think it should be allowed. If you’ve been caught using in the past, and now are forced to regulate your body’s testosterone with TRT – that’s your own damn fault.

      As for your Bushido blurb, it’s quite simple, you don’t want me ground and pounding you, dominating in top position (what you folks like calling ‘laying and praying’) then knock me the ‘f’ off you and prevent me from taking you down at will.

      If you can’t, then me dominating you for 5 rounds on the mat is likewise your own damn fault.

  • Cereal Killer

    In other news, Bisping has yet to beat a top ten ranked fighter. He’s the Kongo of 185.

    • Dontbescaredhomie

      Stann was top ten at the time he fought him though?

      • Cereal Killer

        Stann is a charity ranking.

        • Dontbescaredhomie

          Fair enough

  • Mike

    Drs can treat em legally mike…. but ufc is a privilege not a right. Its for the elite few, amd had regulations that stipulate this… and has a right to do so. You could still be an mma athelete… just not in a strictly sactioned league, with its ownfarm specific rules and regulations.

    The ufc however chooses to use regional statutes and regional sanctioning bodies’ lowest common effort to their benefit. These grey areas in an as of yet only partially regulated sport allow the ufc to deny copability for this problem, while simultaneously being its cause. Lack of
    regulations makes for intense stand up fights which sell.

    If the ufc stepped up and instituted a unified rules system it would go a long way in curbing this. Its tricky tho… cuz you wanna get the best fighters, and not allow other organizations to claim top level talent. While still maintaining zero legal copabilty towards their actions.

    • Mike mckinney

      Problem is we have medical privacy laws. It’s more complicated than the UFC just saying “no Trt patients.”

  • spert

    People with low testosterone basically look like eunuchs: they can’t build muscle and have a high percentage of adipose/fat tissue. Bisping looks like he has a normal amount of testosterone. Belfort looks pretty much totally roided up.

    • Anthony Lopez

      Hahaha! Taking TRT is what would prevent you from looking like that if you had low testosterone ar-tard

  • JimmyPettishardo

    After talking all that smack, Bisping gets owned by Vitor.

    I don’t know how to react this this comment. Bisping starts off talking about his “movie” shoots and a long line of interview requests. Not sure what that was about but I think he wanted to tell others that he is popular.

    Then he says he made “a mistake” and lost. I am also not sure what that means although it probably means that he lost not because vitor is better than him but because vitor simply capitalized on his mistake, which does not mean that vitor is better.

    Then he makes a sly comment about TRT.

    • macgrubber

      talked smack and got handed one of the worst, and my fav, KO of all time against henderson.
      talked smack and got ktfo by belfort.
      when will this brit learn he is garbage and cant beat any top10 guys.