UFC middleweight title contender Vitor Belfort says that he’s done all the testing that shows he should get approved to fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, albeit not under the watchful eye of the commission. He also says that the results of a surprise test administered by Nevada in February won’t be a problem.
“Not at all, even because I was in treatment,” he recently told MMAFighting.com. “The only thing is that I didn’t have the license (to use it) in Nevada.”
He has yet, however, to reveal the results of that voluntary drug test.
Belfort was not licensed by Nevada at the time of the surprise test. Nevada officials, however, were well aware that there were plans afoot to have Belfort challenge UFC middleweight Chris Weidman in Las Vegas in the coming months.
With Belfort having tested positive for banned substances in Nevada in the past and being an admitted employer of legal testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), the commission surprised Belfort and asked him to take a voluntary drug test, which he did.
In the ensuing weeks, the Nevada commission voted unanimously to ban applications for TRT therapeutic use exemptions, which means Belfort and other fighters would no longer be allowed to legally use TRT if licensed by Nevada. The UFC and most other jurisdictions quickly followed suit.
As a result, Belfort was out of the Weidman fight to sort out his situation and figure out how to deal with having to fight without TRT.
And although Belfort’s drug test was processed, the results have never been publicly revealed.
Because he was not licensed at the time the test was administered, the Nevada commission is not allowed to reveal the results without Belfort’s permission, which he has not granted.
He has talked about how his testosterone levels are where they need to be, how he is already cleared to fight again in Brazil, how he can now fight without the assistance of TRT, but Belfort has not talked about the results of that surprise drug test… and it appears he won’t be talking about them anytime soon.
In Belfort’s recent interview with MMAFighting.com, he spoke briefly about the surprise test in Nevada, although he didn’t directly address the results.
“I always did all the exams. When I was doing the TRT treatment I did exams every week, so I have all the history,” he said. “That’s really serious and I have good doctors. I was always very responsible with that.”
But as interviewer Guilherme Cruz was about to press on about the results of the drug test, the interview was interrupted by Belfort’s wife, Joana Prado, who helps manage his affairs.
“That (subject) is closed,” Prado told Cruz. “You already have the answer from the lawyer, the UFC and everybody else.”
The answer, of course, from Belfort’s lawyer is that he won’t talk about it; the result is irrelevant. The answer from the Nevada commission and the UFC is that they can’t talk about it without Belfort’s permission. The answer from Prado is that Belfort, the one man that has the authority to reveal the drug test results, won’t talk about it.
If and when Belfort applies for a license to fight in Nevada, he will have to go before the commission and it is likely that the drug test result would come up at that time. If so, it would then become a matter of public record.
Until then, however, it appears the Belfort and his camp will not address the result of Nevada’s surprise drug test.