UFC President Dana White Confirms Tim Kennedy vs. Vitor Belfort in the Works for Brazil

July 27, 2013
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Tim-Kennedy-Strikeforce-Ohio-7609-478x270A middleweight match-up between Vitor Belfort and Tim Kennedy is in the works for an upcoming event in Brazil, according to Kennedy and UFC president Dana White.

“I’m going to brazil to fight Vitor! I’m bringing ranger panties, Greg Jackson and Ranger Up,” tweeted Kennedy on Friday.

White fell short of saying the fight was a done deal, but he did tell MMAFighting.com, “We’re talking about doing Vitor Belfort vs. Tim Kennedy in Brazil.”

Even before Anderson Silva crashed to the canvas at UFC 162, Belfort had been lobbying for another shot at the UFC middleweight championship, but his wish will not be granted.

Belfort (23-10) is coming off of back-to-back knockout victories over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, both in Brazil. In fact, Belfort’s only loss since failing to capture the belt from Silva at UFC 126 two-and-a-half years ago has been in a last-minute shot at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

That leaves him as a strong candidate for a middleweight title bid. Silva, however, just lost his first bout in the UFC, and was granted an immediate rematch with current champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168 in December.

It looks like Belfort will instead draw Kennedy (16-4), who has also won his last two bouts. Kennedy defeated Roger Gracie in his promotional debut at UFC 162 on July 6. That followed a win over Trevor Smith at the final Strikeforce even in January.

White didn’t specify what event that the UFC is targeting for Belfort vs. Kennedy.

Several MMAWeekly.com sources have indicated that the promotion would follow its Sept. 4 event in Brazil, headlined by Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader, with another show in the South American country on Oct. 9, which would be a prime target date for Belfort vs. Kennedy.

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  • Wolf Ticket

    I doubt Belfort will ever get a title shot, since he can only fight in Brazil now. No matter what you think about his TRT, it would be a disaster for UFC’s image, having a champion who cannot fight in USA due to anabolic steroids usage.

    I think UFC keeps him around just as a draw for Brazillian crowds, other than that, his fights are meaningless, no need to even have him ranked.

    • Lol

      Wolf ticket… What the hell are you drinking stupid? He fought in the U.S many times before.

      Heck dan henderson is on trt and no one said anything bout that…. belfort sure he was busted before? I hate fighters like that.. but people do it all the time. A great example… Chael sonnen how many times has he been busted for it?

      • Ian Price

        love the handle….wolf ticket!

        Hendo’s off TRT for now. Chael didn’t get busted for steroids. He was busted for using too much TRT. His ratio was off.

        Finally, I still think Vitor will get a title shot if he gets by Kennedy. He’ll just have to fight in the US. And I’m sure the title shot will come with the stipulation that the UFC can fly to Brazil at any time and test his ass. 6:1 is the maximum P:E ratio he can have. AT ANY TIME.

        • MuayThaiFood

          Testosterone is a steroid so, in fact, Chael was busted for using a steroid.

          • Ian Price

            Stick to MMA, not biochemistry (apologies if you’re actually a biochemist). Yes, testosterone is a steroid, but “steroids” as used in this discussion are normally defined as synthetic, exogenous hormones, and not natural testosterone. Am I wrong?

          • MuayThaiFood

            Yes you are. Exogenous means originating from outside the body and TRT uses synthetic testosterone which is exogenous by nature. Testosterone used in TRT is an anabolic steroid. How can this not be relevant to the MMA discussion?

          • Ian Price

            Never said it wasn’t relevant.

            There’s a big difference between testosterone, and these other steroids. Do you know the difference?

          • MuayThaiFood

            Why don’t you share your knowledge with me since there are many different steroids and they all have different characteristics.

          • Ian Price

            I’m no big expert on steroids, but from what I know, and what I found online from various sources: a steroid is a type of organic compound that has a special arrangement of four rings that are joined together. I used to be able to draw a steroid (but it’s been a long time). Examples of steroids include cholesterol (that you eat, and that your body makes), the sex hormones estradiol and testosterone, and the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone. There are hundreds of them in animals, plants and fungi.
            Anabolic steroids, also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are drugs that have similar effects to testosterone in the body. They increase protein within cells, especially in muscle. Anabolic steroids have androgenic properties, including the development and maintenance of masculine characteristics such as the growth of the vocal cords, testicles, and body hair.
            Anabolic steroids were first made in the 1930s, and are now used therapeutically in medicine to stimulate bone growth and appetite, induce male puberty, and treat chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and AIDS. The American College of Sports Medicine acknowledges that AAS, in the presence of adequate diet, can contribute to increases in body weight, often as lean mass increases, and that the gains in muscular strength achieved through high-intensity exercise and proper diet can be additionally increased by the use of AAS in some people.
            Health risks can be produced by long-term use or excessive doses of anabolic steroids. These effects include harmful changes in cholesterol levels (increased LDL, reduced HDL), acne, high blood pressure, liver damage (mainly with oral steroids), and dangerous changes in the structure of the left ventricle of the heart. Conditions pertaining to hormonal imbalances such as gynecomastia and testicular atrophy may also be caused by anabolic steroids.
            Ergogenic uses for anabolic steroids in sports, racing, and bodybuilding as performance-enhancing drugs are controversial because of their adverse effects and the potential to gain unfair advantage is considered cheating. Their use is referred to as doping and banned by all major sporting bodies. For many years, AAS have been by far the most detected doping substances in IOC-accredited laboratories. In countries where AAS are controlled substances, there is often a black market in which smuggled, clandestinely manufactured, or even counterfeit drugs are sold to users.
            The guys who first figured out how to synthesize testosterone back in 1935 were eventually awarded the nobel price in chemistry…damn.

            They are NOT the same. Testosterone is only somewhat anabolic compared to Anabolic Steroids but testosterone is more androgenic than anabolic – – while Anabolic Steroids are less androgenic.
            MT- dimethylnandrolone is supposed to be 136 times stronger then testosterone.
            Dianabol has better results (& less side effects) than injectable testosterone.

            Whereas testosterone has been shown to be relatively safe, even at high concentrations, there is almost no information at all about the safety of the newer “designer” steroids produced to escape detection in drug testing.

          • MuayThaiFood

            You didn’t have to go to the trouble to cut and paste a Wikipedia page. You can’t cite other people’s information if you don’t even know how to interpret it. You said Chael was not busted for steroids, he was busted for using too much TRT. This in itself shows you are confused about it. TRT stands for Testosterone Replacement Therapy so how can he be busted for using too much. It’s not a substance it’s the therapy of applying the substance. He was busted for having a T/E ratio that was almost 17 times higher than a normal man. That was after hiding it before the fight and lying about it later in testimony. He wasn’t taking synthetic testosterone for therapy at those levels he was abusing it. All these steroids affect the body differently. Just because he wasn’t getting as big as a body builder means nothing. That’s not why he was taking it…to get huge and slow. If you think it’s a violation that should be shoved under the rug because it doesn’t make him look like Mr. Olympia you’re missing the point. Look at pictures of Vitor when he fought Anderson Silva and then look at him when he fought his last fight and tell me it’s not a monster advantage. And remember, just because they are using a TRT exemption doesn’t mean they aren’t abusing it during training and then tapering off to “allowable” levels by fight time. Allowable still being 4 times higher than a normal man in terms of T/E ratio.

          • Ian Price

            You wrote “You can’t cite other people’s information if you don’t even know how to interpret it.”

            You seem to think you’re able to interpret it. So what are your qualifications, then? Are you a doctor? Because I don’t think you are!

            I hate having to get into a pissing contest.

            The only thing I’m confused about is why we’re still arguing on this thread online.

            I never said the violation shouldn’t be shoved under the rug.

            Admittedly, I do have a problem with Chael still being allowed the exemption, whereas Keith Kizer has been recently quoted that he doesn’t think Vitor will be approved for TRT in Nevada.

            For the record, I didn’t simply cut and paste from wiki. I spent a significant amount of time researching several sources, including wiki, and sifted through several websites and peer reviewed articles (I personally have written over 20 peer-reviewed publications on biological and health matters), so we can have a more meaningful discussion, not so you can ignore and minimize it….only my wife is allowed to to that! 😉

          • MuayThaiFood

            “Admittedly, I do have a problem with Chael still being allowed the exemption, whereas Keith Kizer has been recently quoted that he doesn’t think Vitor will be approved for TRT in Nevada.”

            We agree on this.
            My hunch is that neither fighters needs TRT for medical reasons and if they do the most likely reason would be steroid abuse. More likely, they woke up one day 30+ years old and said “s***, this isn’t as easy as it was 5 years ago!”. I wish the playing field was level but unfortunately even guys that are fighting with TRT exemptions are running into other fighters taking banned steroids and getting away with it. They need to start coming down much harder on cheaters and close the TRT loophole IMO. Sorry, if I seemed dismissive. I just don’t think that in this case the distinction between synthetic T and other steroids really matters. Especially without knowing the dosage. There IS a big difference between therapeutic doses and PED doses of T. Peace out.

          • Marcus Miles

            Testosterone is a steroid derivied from cholesterol naturally. TRT is a synthetic steroid (Meaning it still comes from cholesterol) and still shares the same characteristics as natural testosterone but made in a lab. TRT works as an agonist (to manipulate a receptor site by having the same characteristic of the testosterone neurotransmitter) to natural testosterone to get the body back to normal since it isnt secreting enough testosterone (equilibrium). It is still an anabolic steroid. Anabolic means to build up. Catabolic is to make smaller. Anything that is made to mimic testosterone is an anabolic. steroid. Compliments of ,Guyton and Hall Medical Physiology., twelfth Ed. No difference but lab and natural. Cheal had no script, so he was abusing steroids.

          • Ian Price

            Whereas testosterone has been shown to be relatively safe, even at somewhat high
            concentrations, there is almost no information at all about the safety
            of the newer “designer” steroids produced to escape detection in drug
            testing. So basically, you can pay someone a lot of money to make a steroid that can give you significantly better results than TRT, but without detection.

            That’s what I call a serious difference!

          • Marcus Miles

            I believe you can detect all steroid use but in different ways and different time frames of testing. You can also mask them. Sure some are more dangerous than others. Im just saying that when you said TRT is different from steroids by saying cheal didn’t get rolled for steroids but for TRT. He did because his levels were higher than normal. If you have more testosterone in your body because of a replacement that is safe, it is still taking steroids. It may not be the same type Lee Priest uses for Body Building comps but it is still a steroid that will give an advantage.

      • Wolf Ticket

        Listen you uneducated fool :), yes, Chael and Hendo can use TRT leagally in US, but Vitor cannot, because he was tested positive before. He simply will never be permitted to use TRT in the US, so he will continue to fight in Brazil, where some local shaman prescribed it to him.

        And of course he fought in the US many times before he starting with TRT, why do you think I didn’t know that?

    • JDMMA

      Idiot !!! TRT is NOT anabolic steroids

      • Marcus Miles

        Dude yeah it is. Look up the definition of anabolic, catabolic, steroid, and testosterone. testosterone is primarily made to reduce catabolism and increase anabolism. Thats why men have more muscle and less body fat than women. TRT is an anabolic steroid because it is an agonist to natural testosterone. If i have reduced testosterone and increased body fat with decrease in muscle mass, i am in a state of catabolism right?. If i take TRT and get my ratios back to normal, i will loose body fat, increase muscle mass and be in a state of anabolism. I just took a steriod replacement (because testosterone is a steroid) and put myself in a state of anabolism. So how is TRT not an anabolic steroid?

  • Guest

    Didnt Dana said Vitor will fight in the States, sure doesnt seem like it..

  • t

    Vitor is in trouble

    • Ian Price

      If Timmy can get him down repeatedly, it’s gonna be a long night for Vitor. If Gracie couldn’t submit him, Vitor sure as hell won’t be able to. Vitor is not that great at BJJ. He’s good, but not great. And that’s not coming from me! (I thought that sub attempt on Bones was pretty cool).

      • shakejunt

        difference is that vitor is dangerous on the feet and won’t fade as fast as roger did. submissions can present themselves after getting hit in the face.

  • t

    The problem is, vitor isn’t shooting the trt, hes swallowing it

    • Mark McDowall

      Rumor has it he takes it in a beer mug

  • PhranktheTank

    This fight makes no sense for vitor.

    • Truth

      It does make sense. Weidman & Silva are having a rematch so Vitor needs another fight in the meantime.

      Kennedy is a great match-up for Vitor assuming Weidman wins again b/c it’ll test Vitor’s takedown defense.

      • PhranktheTank

        Vitor has been fighting top 5 fighters and winning. Now he’s fighting Tim Kennedy. I never said it wouldn’t be a good fight, I said the fight doesn’t make sense for vitor. Absolutely nothing to gain from this fight and a lot to lose.

    • The guy needs to stay busy. No way he can sit out until Silva/Weidman rematch then wait for his title fight with the winner to have a set date. Everyone else is booked I believe.

      • PhranktheTank

        I get that vitor has to fight, but this fight makes zero sense for him, he’s fighting a guy who just lost to the last guy vitor beat. In addition, where Kennedy is strongest is where vitor is weakest. I like kennedy too, but this is just a bad fight for vitor to take. Too much risk, no reward

        • I applaud Vitor for taking this fight and not wanting to sit out.

  • kenny powers

    Should be a good fight but I don’t get this match up. Should have been Philippou if anyone else.

    • Costa is on a roll and is very talented. But then we run into the problem were currently Weidman is champion and they train together. But your right, that guy deserves a big fight. Costa would have matched up better with Kennedy. I wouldn’t mind Costa and Franklin fighting.

      • shakejunt

        not anymore, costa left serra, on good terms. guess that means they WOULD fight, but might not necessarily be looking for that match.

        • Oh interesting. I can’t wait to see what’s next for him. Maybe winner of Munoz/Bisping. I don’t know. Anything you have in mind?

          • shakejunt

            i’d personally like to see the jacare match-up rebooked, but that might not be in the cards should he beat yushin.

            munoz/bisping winner makes sense, but might not line up with respect to timing.

            if neither option works, i wouldn’t mind him vs kennedy or keeping vitor busy.

          • A lot of tough fights in that division.

  • Jason

    If there was ever any doubt whether the UFC brass supported TRT, there isn’t any now.

  • Manuel Lopez

    It should be Belfort vs Jacare. But brazilians avoid each other as opponents like the plague and UFC accepts it. Man I remember when UFC was great. Now the matchmaking is like WWE’s, a joke. They have guys from other weight classes cutting in line for title shots, even as far as demanding like DC plans to do. Guys on TRT that can’t or don’t want to come to the USA (belfort). For all the praise about how far mma has come, it’s still not universally accepted, that is why we get ‘popularity contest’ matches like Bonner vs Silva, Sonnen vs Jones, Belfort vs Jones, and more bulls*** to come, from what I see.

    • shakejunt

      and you’ll still watch every second of it

  • So I guess Vitor will never fight Silva.

    • Manuel Lopez

      Probably not, which is fine with me. Silva already beat him very convincingly .

      • Exactly, with that KO. I don’t understand why people still believe Vitor deserves another shot against Silva.

        • Kamoe

          Oh come on… if Silva threw that kick at anybody else for the first time, they’d be KTFO too! I haven’t even seen high caliber kickboxers, like Buakaw, KO somebody w/ a straight front kick to the jaw, it was unbelievable, it just happened to be thrown at Vitor. Silva didn’t do any of that dancing or clowning with Vitor because he knew Vitor was a serious threat.
          And yes, Kennedy getting to fight Vitor is BS. One, it makes no sense ranking wise, as of right now, eight guys are ranked in front of him! Two, stylistically its the worst match up for Vitor at MW, if he worked his way up cool, but he hasn’t even fought a top ten opponent yet!

        • shakejunt

          silva lost… his streak is over.

          that doesn’t discredit what he has done, but it does legitimize the idea that he has to take on all deserving challengers again should he reclaim his belt.

  • I’m a very big Kennedy fan and I was hoping he would get a big fight but I did not expect Vitor Belfort. Should be a good fight. If Vitor wins it’s hard to deny him a title shot. As for the TRT; that’s a touchy subject. As long as he doesn’t fail for elevated levels I’m sure he’ll be fine. The UFC can do their own testing as well. To bad Hendo isn’t at 185 anymore, him and Vitor or him and Kennedy even would have been an interesting fight.

    • Mark McDowall

      I think Kennedy is a dark horse in the division. This fight really shouldn’t happen but I think that its a way for the UFC to take care of 2 problems in the MW division. Kennedy for opening his mouth about fighter pay…or Vitor for his TRT issues.

      • Indeed.

      • MuayThaiFood

        I disagree. How can it be anything but a plus for Kennedy getting Vitor. If you’re teaching a guy a lesson you don’t throw him a bone by letting him fight a legend who’s ranked #3. If they wanted to punish him they could throw him a high risk/ low reward opponent. Vitor, on the other hand, must have been caught pissing in Dana’s Wheaties or something.

        • Mark McDowall

          The way Vitor has been handling his recent opponents the UFC brass will take Kennedy’s loss as him not being able to handle top tier opponents hence he will be relegated to the FX card.

          And I agree with you, I think Vitor keeping on about how he should get the next title fight, having a very suspicious TRT exception and wanting to only fight in Brazil aren’t doing him any favors.

  • Denny Swain

    Vitor is now refusing to fight kennedy

    • shakejunt

      is he ducking him?

  • Mark McDowall

    This fight makes no sense for numerous reasons, but if you looks past just the rankings it makes sense.

    So why doesn’t it make sense. Well Vitor is the #3 ranked MW…Kennedy is #10. There are a bunch of fighters that should be in that fight over Kennedy. I love Kennedy as a fighter, I think he has a shot at beating Vitor…but then what happens? Does Kennedy become next in line for a title shot? Well he just beat the #3 ranked MW…but does he deserve it? Heck no he doesn’t.

    So why does it make sense…well it does as a punishment of sorts? Well Kennedy made alot of comments about fighter pay recently. All of a sudden he’s in a fight against the logical next contender for the title?!?! But I think this is a blessing in disguise for Kennedy…he’s getting a fight that could catapult him up the rankings, but its against a guy who’s been knocking guys in to next week lately. So if Vitor continues on this tear then Kennedy gets his butt handed to him…a virtual middle finger from the UFC for talking bad about them. If he wins he is guaranteed top 5 status.

    On the flipside Vitor is someone who the UFC can’t deny that he is on a tear…BUT he is in the midst of a controversy with his TRT exemption. He has an exemption from the…well from what I understand the “athletic commision” is there for looks and they are about as useful as chocolate fire door. The UFC can’t deny that Vitor is a big draw in Brazil ans is winning fights. But is it all because of the TRT? Some would say yes…TRT is a common treatment for people who have had a history of steroid abuse…Others would say no. Vitor has been known to be a gym rat.

    Should Vitor loose then he basically goes away…Kennedy looses then he gets his unnoffical punishment from the UFC for speaking his mind and gets put on FX fights for the time being. Either way…the UFC is the only winner in this fight!!

  • Dragon Kid

    Kennedy’s last fight was so boring I hope Vitor KOes this fool.