Vitor Belfort Gets Approval From Nevada to Fight Chris Weidman in December (UPDATED)

July 23, 2014
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Vitor Belfort 72414 NAC Meeting-478x270UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday seeking a license to fight.  The commission unanimously voted to grant Belfort a license under three conditions:  1) He will not fight prior to December, 2) His fight would be in Las Vegas,  and 3) He make himself available for any and all drug testing at his expense.

While Belfort doesn’t have a signed bout agreement at the moment, his lawyer, Michael Alonzo, said his client has a verbal agreement to face champion Chris Weidman on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Belfort was scheduled to face Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but withdrew from the bout citing not enough time to safely get off of TRT after the commission banned its use in February.  He was administered a random drug test on Feb. 7 by the Nevada commission and returned elevated levels of testosterone.

“I want to briefly address questions concerning the test I took on Feb. 7, 2014 that was requested by the commission.  At the time that test was taken, I was considering filing for a TUE (therapeutic use exemption) from the commission,” read Belfort from a prepared statement.

“While I had not made a formal application for a TUE, the commission requested that I take a test and I fully cooperated and took the test.  I confirmed to the commission in writing the widely known fact that I was on TRT and had been for many years leading up to that test and that I had further taken the TRT dose recommended by the doctors the day prior to the test.  My levels of testosterone were above the allowed amount, but my doctor explained to me that it was related to the fact that I had taken the recommended TRT treatment the day prior to the test,” continued the 35-year-old.

“In late February, the commission banned all TRT.  I stopped my TRT treatment the very same day.  Since the Feb. 7, 2014 test, I have taken many subsequent tests.  Those test results have all been provided to the commission.  As you know, the result of each test indicate my levels were either normal or below normal,” he added.  “My priority is to have a championship fight in December in Las Vegas, in December of this year.  So I would not expect to fight anywhere in Nevada or outside of Nevada before December.  And I also would like to say that I want the commission to know that I welcome additional testing.”

Belfort went on to explain that he typically received two shots a week as part of his TRT regiment.  In February, due to traveling to the U.S., Belfort took his weekly doses in one shot.

“He took one shot instead of two, so it was a bigger shot,” explained Alonzo.

“From the research that I did, I spent hours and hours and hours trying to understand TRT and TUEs and the ratios of testosterone vs. epitestosterone, blood tests vs. urine tests – I went through a lot of that,” said commissioner Anthony Marnell.  “With all the research I did do, I believe him.”

While Marnell believed Belfort’s explanation for the failed Feb. 7 test, he made it clear that the middleweight contender will be rigorously tested from this point forward.

“We’re going to drug test you until the day you retire,” said Marnell.

Prior to the commission voting unanimously to grant Belfort a license to fight in Nevada and clearing the way for a December title fight against Weidman, commissioner Skip Avansino explained the advanced testing Belfort can expect in the future.

“Between now and December, when you fight here first in Nevada, I would expect any of the commissioners to have the power to order a test on you.  I would expect the chairman to randomly select dates for testing as guided by his physicians,” said Avansino.  “It also means that if you’re in Brazil, or Florida, or anywhere else, anywhere you may be training, is that you make every effort to comply. We wouldn’t want you to be somewhere where that couldn’t be accomplished easily.”

“I’m fully cooperating with you guys.  Whatever you ask will be done,” Belfort assured the commission.

Immediately following Belfort’s approval, the Ultimate Fighting Champion issued a press release confirming that Weidman vs. Belfort would headline UFC 181 on Dec. 6 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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  • Trevor

    Belfort without Juice? When is Weidman going to have to face some adversity? Who’s next the Big Bad Bisping? This division blows.

    • joelowe

      I was thinking the same thing…Shouldn’t all previous TRT users have to fight at least once before contending for a belt? Weidman will be coming off an injury though and you know Belfort will find the next PED that isn’t detectable anyway.

      • Mark McDowall

        Look at Hendo…he came in to a LHW fight at 196!! And looked terrible frankly. I know VItor is alot younger than Hendo…but I would think that his body will probably be reacting the same. We will all know when he steps on the scale and he’s not looking absolutely shredded like he has been.

        • joelowe

          Hendo is a natural MW so I was not surprised by his weight without the extra T. But yeah, he looked real bad.. his next fight needs to be at retireweight.

        • Hugh Shakeshaft

          Look at Reem post juice too. He was on the verge of the belt now he’s a can.

          • Mark McDowall

            Exactly. Unless he puts together some impressive wins off of TRT…then we will all know what his “vicious KO streak” was due to.

    • Mark McDowall

      It went from being one of the most exciting to one of the most boring. I really think that Belfort is going to get his butt handed to him here. He hasn’t fought off TRT in who knows how long…whats the bet he gets “injured” or pops positive again?

      • Seth

        Give him a month. He will realize in the gym that he can’t train same as before without “help” and he will say he broke his hand or something. I don’t think how Weidman/Belfort fight ends. I’m thinking who will replace Belfort in this fight.

        • AXE MURDERER

          Me Wandy will replace Vitor

          • Seth

            Yeah…of course, but first let NSAC suspend you too c:

          • AXE MURDERER

            LOl, I Run, is normal

    • macarrech

      I guess the winner from the Jacare vs mousassi fight. jacare

    • shakejunt

      i guess machida is a scrub.

      • Trevor

        Machida has 6 of his last 11 fights and is a decent fighter but not great and even he with a round or two more may have won that last fight. Yes I believe this division blows and take away the Vitor’s juice it’s just another snoozer. Anderson has some tough fights but plenty of shitty ones along the way fighting some real duds who are not even close to relevant now. Weidman came along at the right time but who cares a champion is defined by the difficulty he faces and I don’t see much going on at 185 that is worth raving about.

        • Trevor

          lost 6 of his last 11

  • joelowe

    So … how did he explain away the positive test again? I guess I missed that article?

    • Timothy Malone

      He was taking two shots for his TRT regimen per week but then decreased to one shot, but the lone shot is bigger than one of the two he was taking before and so it put him over the top when he took a test the day after.

      • joelowe

        LOL.. and they accepted that? No wonder everyone thinks testing is a joke.

  • Roidum up y not no punishment

    What a joke ufc in Nevada drug policy why would anyone stop using u can still get fights sack up ban him for life or just make it legal this is a joke all that hype about the test failed lmao way to deature guys… Isn’t cheal getting his broadcasting job back great example for the kids

    • TheCerealKiller

      Stop with your submission of English.

  • Cheaters win in ufc!!!!

    In no doubt someone will say how it aint the ufc fault. But instead of punish they reward him with a six figer tittle fight Dana is so full of s–t ddnt he say I’m doing what ever it takes to clean up the sport but yet a guy that failed gets rewarded with a world tittle fight yea Dana that show the cheaters

    • shakejunt

      ufc can’t win. they either support cheaters or they don’t care about rankings. which one is it?

      • RubeKegal

        That’s nonsense. Dropping a few guys from the rankings isn’t going to kill their sport.

        • Seth

          Especially if you drop cheating brazilian that no one even cares about. Agree with you 100%

          • eralsimmons

            errrr a lot of people like belfort… basically all of Brazil. Which is a lot of money so please stop talking.

          • Seth

            Vitor is a cheater. How the hell was he even licesned? They suspend one man who abused the rules and a few moments later, gave green light to another rules abuser. Belfort is a cheater. Nothing more.

      • Hugh Shakeshaft

        Vitor’s ranking needs an asterisk.

  • We.Are.Legion

    Personally I am kinda tired of this cheater getting title shots he doesn’t deserve.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Mousasi should get the shot. Vitor’s a cheat.

      • RubeKegal

        Amen to both comments!

  • RubeKegal

    Dana White, the UFC and the Nevada State Athletic Commission combine to make a triangle of hypocrites. Belfort shouldn’t be allowed to watch Ultimate Fighting let alone compete. So Vitor’s excuse is, “I was traveling so much, I didn’t have an extra 4 seconds to get injected with a second normal dose of testosterone.” Did the NSAC believe Kevin Randleman when his urine sample was proven to be the urine of an animal? The UFC is going to start losing fans quick if they keep making these bullshit decisions.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      Vitor’s got an excuse for everything. I hope he’s subject to numerous randoms in the coming months for test, EPO, HGH, and whatever else Uncle Chael was on.

      • L

        But what I love most is Dana’s assertion that the NSAC has some sort of divine right to govern the UFC.

        No, Dana. The UFC CHOSE to be subject to NSAC.

        Don’t pretend you don’t know that. It means the UFC has a lot more power, and responsibility, in the relationship, than they like people to think.

        All the controversy with refs and judges, and rules and regulations, Uncle Dana can just throw his hands in the air: “Thats all NSAC”

    • richard duncan

      the difference is people want to see vitor fight. he is good.

  • valakos

    he should just go and fight in japan

  • richard duncan

    in all of sports athletes try to get an edge on the competition.if it is just trt I myself don’t have a problem, if it is monitored by an honest doctor. to me cheating is more than trt. jon jones and his finger poke, that is cheating. trt was allowed in mma ufc whatever in order for it to be illegal it must be a banned substance or an illegal strike gouge or something that changes the outcome of the fight that would not have happened otherwise. but that is just my opinion.vitor Belfort is the number one contender for the middleweight belt. go Belfort.