Vitor Belfort Pins Career Resurgence on Promises Made and Blackzilians, Kicks TRT Talk to Curb

May 19, 2013
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Vitor Belfort UFC 103Vitor Belfort began his mixed martial arts career 17 years ago, exploding onto the scene, a 19-year-old ball of fire.

He was the epitome of “kill or be killed,” knocking out five of his first seven opponents, submitting one, and getting knocked out by the other.

Belfort KO’d Tank Abbot, Tre Teligman and Wanderlei Silva, but somewhere along the way, he lost focus. He stumbled through the middle portion of his career, not fighting with the same zest that he had in the beginning.

Recently, Belfort has rekindled the spirit that drove him so many years ago.

Following up a knockout of Michael Bisping earlier this year, Belfort landed a stunning heel kick knockout of former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 on Saturday night in Brazil.

Many detractors will point to his use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. It’s something, although legal, that Belfort doesn’t like to talk about that, which he clearly pointed out when asked about it at the UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference.

He, however, points to promises he made and a team – the Blackzilians – that is unlike any other that he’s surrounded himself with in his career.

“I was part of two jungles. I’m T-Rex, surviving in this new jungle,” Belfort said during a Fuel TV post-fight interview. “I think it is just a burning inside of me that you didn’t accomplish (what you could have).

“I did so many mistakes and Dana and Lorenzo give me the chance. I promise them. I sat down in the meeting and I say, ‘I promise I’m gonna give you my best. I’m gonna finish as strong as I can finish.’ I make a promise to my family, for my spiritual father, for all my family for my kids. Dad is gonna finish strong.

“If I don’t have the desire to go to the gym; if I don’t have the desire to train, to improve new skills; I should retire. I still have a lot of gas in my tank.”

Gas in the tank has been a criticism often leveled at Belfort. He’s strong out of the gate, but fades in the later rounds. Not his heart, but his physical stamina.

He added, however, that is no longer the case.

“I was ready to go (the distance). I was doing 15 rounds. We did a sparring session: seven rounds of seven minutes with four different guys,” he stated. “We really have the best of the best in every area. The Blackzilians have a set-up now that I never have in my life.”

Having defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama, Anthony Johnson (in a catchweight bout), Michael Bisping, and now Luke Rockhold, since he failed to take the belt from Anderson Silva little more than two years ago, many questions also center on the UFC middleweight champion and a possible rematch.

Like TRT, however, Anderson Silva is a subject that is currently taboo with Belfort.

Although he said that he would be rooting for his countryman when Silva steps in the Octagon to defend his belt against Chris Weidman at UFC 162 in July, Belfort doesn’t really want to think about what’s next.

He knows what is next, and it doesn’t involve fighting at all. It involves his wife, his kids, and waves.

“I want my vacation now. I promised my wife,” laughed Belfort. “Kelly Slater, I want to go to your house in Hawaii. I wanna go surf.”

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  • Jay Nokay

    Rally for Belfort? I think so. :) Maybe another win over another top 10 guy?

    • shakejunt

      no need to rally, he made the statement himself. while it’s possiblethey’ll make him get one more win, he truly deserves another shot at anderson. the question is where the fight would take place and if vitor could get cleared for trt there.

      side note: pretty sweet that he had a shout out to kelly slater

  • Hocking Hick

    From the above article:

    Many detractors will point to his use of Testosterone Replacement
    Therapy. It’s something, although legal, that Belfort doesn’t like to
    talk about that, which he clearly pointed out when asked about it at the
    UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference.

    This is shitty writing. In fact, it is not writing at all. And, it does not make sense. Read it, and then read it again.

    This is a classic example of “how not to write”.

    • El Gvapo

      “This is shitty writing. In fact, it is not writing at all. And, it does not make sense. Read it, and then read it again.”

      Appalling sentence construction from you too. The sentences are too short, excessive and incorrect use of the comma, and you started a sentence with”And”.

      This is a classic example of “making yourself look stupid with your hypocrisy.”

      • Advance*

        There’s a huge difference between writing an article and commenting on it. The period should be inside the quotation marks in your second paragraph. We can do this to each other all day. The point is that the one being paid to do the job should be held to higher standards.

        • El Gvapo

          Yes I appreciate that, and I agree the standard of writing or whatever could be better. I find it frustrating that people can be bothered with all this pedantry. Go somewhere else if it bothers you that much. I was looking forward to reading people’s opinions on Vitor, a stunning knockout and some clarity in the MW title picture but half the comments are about grammar.

        • afansinceufc1

          Go teach an English class dude this is about MMA not about how to write a sentence. If my post did not live up to your standards i don’t give an f as i come here to read about fighters not whether or not my period is in the right place. As for Vitor TRT or not he is still kicking azz after 17 years in the UFC he rocks in my opinion.

  • Guest

    Yah, the writing on this site is atrocious. Just because you’re a fan of MMA doesn’t mean you’re capable of being a writer.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Agreed!

      “Belfort doesn’t really want to think about what’s next.

      He knows what is next, and it doesn’t involve fighting at all. It involves his wife, his kids, and waves.”

  • Dan Malone

    …dont forget, when Belfort fought Silva, this was Belfort’s first fight in a year…no way he was going to win…Belfort deserves another shot at Andy.

  • FightProfessor

    Look at his physique before and after the Silva fight hmm…

  • Kbroesq

    Yeah, God forbid Vitor answer a question MMA fans would want the answer to. His conduct at the post fight press conference was totally unprofessional. Guess what, TRT users; if you want to use it, you will be getting a lot of benefits. So be prepared for, and take responsibility for, the negatives that will come from using. Namely, everyone will, and should, question the legitimacy of your wins and the media is going to question you about it because the fans (maybe not hard core Vitor fans, but MMA fans) will want to know. Rockhold said TRT did not land that kick…nonsense. Belfort is like the freaking Tazmanian Devil in the cage. TRT affects his speed, accuracy, energy, recovery, etc.

    If you have low testosterone, go do something else (plus guys like Belfort, Sonnen and Hendo have low testosterone becuase they abused steroids, not becuase of some natural dieficiency). Why do we need to level the playing feild for everyone now becuase they may not have the same natural gifts as other fighters?

    How is this any different than someone saying: well, I am going to fight Jon Jones and he has nearly an 85 inch reach, and I only have a 75 inch reach…better give me arm extensions so I can be on the same physical level as him.

    I cannot wait to see people tell me how TRT is totally different, but in my mind it is not.

    • 91184

      Hendo didn’t abuse steroids, what are you talking about?
      He’s never failed a test and isn’t ripped like Vitor has been recently

      • kbroesq

        Thanks for missing the point of my post. And Hendo passed all tests? Where? In Pride? Alrighty then!

        • jimmy

          if Vitor’s levels are on the same level as his opponent while doing TRT, how’s that just plain “cheating” or his wins illegitimate? i DO agree maybe these guys should naturally not compete anymore if their levels or too low for athletic competition, but his wins ARE legit, this is Vitor in his prime, albeit late in his career, but thank the advances of medical science and don’t hate on the rules of the game, he’s not breaking any.

          • kbroesq

            Because most athletic commissions allow for a 6:1 ratio (meaning you can have 6 times the testosterone as a normal person). While most athletes do naturally have higher levels of testosterone, it’s not 6:1.

            So guys who use TRT just max that out.

            It really doesn’t matter though. Again, my post asks why do we have to even things out for people? It’s not natural.

        • bajafox

          That wasn’t a post, that was a book

          • kbroesq

            Then don’t read it…

    • Maven

      I agree with Kbroesq, TRT should not be allowed. If a fighter needs the therapy, than that’s his problem. The credibility of the sport is jeopardized if they continue to allow it. I would prefer to see it banned altogether.

  • Tyler

    This is rediculous Pat Healy loses 130 thousand dollars and is suspended for pot….meanwhile Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and how many other fighter get to take freaking steroids!!! The injustice here is staggering. I want to see real athletes not roided up freaks. Marijuana is not performance enhancing drug, there is no reason for it to be banned by athletic commissions, I don’t see them fining people for drinking alcohol 30 days before their fight. The whole “it’s illegal” argument is stupid, a lot of things are illegal, but it doesn’t keep people from fighting. Jermey Stephens was arrested on assault charges just before he was supposed to fight. He didn’t end up fighting, but not because an athletic commission wouldn’t let him and it wasn’t because the UFC wouldn’t let him, they worked hard to bail him out so he could fight. A lot of fighters do illegal things or get in trouble with the law but it does not get them suspended and or fined by an athletic commission or the UFC. If these commissions are going let people take steroids but suspend people using a plant, then what is the point of having commissions at all, they are obviously not in the business of protecting fighters.