UFC President Dana White: “Vitor Belfort Has Not Been Abusing TRT”

November 16, 2013
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Vitor BelfortTestosterone Replacement Therapy is a controversial topic in professional sports, and perhaps the most controversial subject in mixed martial arts today.

UFC veteran Vitor Belfort made his professional fighting debut at the age of 19 in October 1996. Before turning 20, he won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament with knockouts of Tra Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo.

Now 36 years old, Belfort remains a two-division contender. He’s logged three head-kick knockouts in a row, but his use of TRT has some questioning the legitimacy of his recent wins.

“Vitor Belfort has not been abusing TRT. In a million (expletive) years, I would never let that happen, ever,” said UFC president Dana White following Belfort’s recent knockout of Dan Henderson.

“Dan and Vitor were both on TRT,” added White.

In February the UFC initiated a new policy toward TRT users, and decided to take testing into their own hands.

“We’re regulated by the government. Testosterone replacement therapy is legal. Well, I think we should test guys all the way up until their fight to make sure that the entire training camp their limits are where they’re supposed to be, they’re at the legal limits their whole camp,” said White at the time. “These guys that get exemptions for TRT, we’re going to make sure we test you through your entire camp.”

Belfort’s situation is a littler more complicated than an athlete using TRT. He has a prior positive test for a banned substance in 2006. In an interview with Bleacher Report in March, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Keith Kizer said Belfort would have difficulty getting the therapeutic exemption to use TRT in Nevada due to the previous positive test.

“I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us,” said Kizer.

Belfort’s last three fights have been in Brazil where he has been granted a therapeutic exemption to use TRT. He hasn’t fought in the U.S. since August 2011. The last time he competed in Nevada was February 2011.

Some have questioned whether Belfort will ever fight outside of Brazil again. But in August, White explained that Belfort’s recent string of fights in his home country has nothing to do with TRT. He fights there because he’s a big draw and the television networks requested that Belfort headline a fight card in Brazil.

Although Belfort’s last five fights have been outside of the U.S., there’s nothing preventing him from competing anywhere.

“There’s no reason why Vitor Belfort can’t fight in Las Vegas, or anywhere else in the United States,” said the UFC president.

With the first-round knockout of Henderson, Belfort finds himself next in line for a middleweight title shot against the winner of Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. And while there’s nothing preventing him from fighting anywhere in the world, whether he’ll be granted an exemption to use TRT may be determined by where the title fight takes place.

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  • reighns

    poor vitor he is a beast till its all on the line then he chokes like tony romeo in the forth qtr

    • BiddaddyJ

      Haha so true! And if DW doesn’t think he isn’t abusing trt he is nuts.

  • Doesn’t matter, Silva will get the belt, and KO Belfort again.

    • taylor2008

      Nope…different Vitor this time. He was stupid and stood still in front of Silva with that front kick. Doubt very highly that will happen again.

      • twodragunns

        I agree with you ….. Silva is very near the end of his career and it’s been a record setting one.

  • Victor

    A lot conflict of interest in this story if you ask me.

  • jimmy

    All of sudden everybody becomes a doctor and a lawyer in these comments. Since u where there to test his blood levels and read the statues of the law…Oh wait your neigther…hmmm interisting…

    • Jason Tracey

      awesome, so true

  • L

    Well that settles that. Whew. And here I was worried. End sarcasm.

    Testosterone and growth hormone have largely replaced designer steroids. The main reason being, its a legal grey area, and equally effective.

    Belfort may well fight outside Brazil in the future, but if its a low T Belfort or TRT Belfort, we all know the outcome will be drastically different, depending on that ‘tiny’ detail.

  • Tyme_5

    Getting a bit tired of this TRT discussion…..Just make it illegal and be done with it. Its obvious with the amount of fighters using it these days that it does provide an advantage.

  • tmac

    Sure Dana, That’s why he looks the same way as he did at 20 years old.

  • George Sperry

    Abusing or not abusing TRT the issue is it shouldn’t be allowed period. It gives someone a competitive advantage, if it didn’t it wouldn’t be used.
    Lower “T” is a natural occurrence with the aging process, add to it the fact that people who have previously abused steroids are more likely to have low “T” makes the issue an easy call.

  • michigan love

    Dana White has been around the fight game for a long time, his denial about Vitor and the TRT usage is another example of what’s wrong with sports in general. Vitor is only fighting in Brazil, he’s obviously on a powerful steroid and/or testosterone substance. Brazil and the UFC know this and they support it. Vitor was at the end of his career at 34 in Strikeforce, his body looked nothing like it does today, his size and strength weren’t near what they are today. When he finally gets that title shot and has to come back to the states, I’m sure he will test too high and be suspended for another year. It’s just a shame to see Dana White supporting what he knows is a lie. TRT should be banned in any fighting sport. When these guys are jacked up on steroids it’s an entirely different beast your confronting in the ring. Vicious knockout power may make for great television, but ultimately it leads to the demise of the honest fighter.

    • Kelly

      Vitor was 29 when he fought in Strikeforce….. He looked in good shape in that fight I may add. Later going on a 4 fight win streak to get back in the UFC where he’s gone 8-2 only losses being to Jon Jones and Anderson Silva…………End of Career?? DOUBLE FACEPALM.

  • cbill72

    Souds like some people need to educate themselves because you can dig and probably find that alomst all fighters in the ufc have at some time used trt or will use it at some point and time unless you have trained the way the fighters do these days you wouldn’t understand a lot of fighters apply for and get exemptions to overcome trainging injureies and not have to take time off from their training camps the only reason everyone is on the anti vitor band wagon is because of the previous positve test and he admited that he messed up let it go trt is so rampant in our world today and if that is what it take for older atheletes with the competitive spirit who still want to compete on that level with atheletes 20 yrs yonger than them then so be it as long as its regulated and under a doctors care if you think fighters are the onlt athletes doing this you are sadly mistaken it just that vitor is winning and winning convincingly that everyone is against him but everyone forgets that vitor had the fastest most wicked hands in the ufc and wanted to box in the olympics for brazil let it he is a bad man on or off trt