Vitor Belfort Says He Gets Weidman vs. Machida Winner; Has Yet to Address Random Drug Test

February 28, 2014
17 Comments

Vitor-Belfort-UFC-126-Prefight_4683It was announced late Thursday night that Vitor Belfort was out of his scheduled fight with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24 in Las Vegas, and that Lyoto Machida would step in to take his place.

The move came within hours of the Nevada State Athletic Commission voting unanimously to ban applications for exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy, effective immediately.

Belfort has made no secret that he uses TRT and has received multiple exemptions to compete while using the therapy.

A statement from the UFC announcing the change read:

“Belfort, who has previously been granted therapeutic use exemptions, recognizes that he needs an extended period of time to become licensed in the state of Nevada.

With the event scheduled to go on sale shortly, Belfort agreed to withdraw from the fight in order to allow the UFC’s promotional efforts to move forward on time.”

Belfort’s statement to UFC television partner Fox Sports 1 read:

“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”

(Watch the Fox Sports 1 report on Vitor Belfort here.)

Come Friday morning, Belfort disagreed with the way his removal from the fight was being portrayed by much of the media, and issued the following statement to MMAWeekly.com:

“I never gave up fighting in UFC 173 and never mentioned it. Therefore, all information posted in any mass media advertising that is not true.

What I announced was that I will be resigning ‘TRT’ and not ‘giving up the fight’ to continue my dream of fighting.

The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs. Lyoto within the new regulations of all the Athletic Commissions.

I’m sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions.”

One matter that has not been addressed that may have influenced the decision was an out-of-competition random drug test that Nevada gave Belfort on Feb. 7 when he was in Las Vegas for an MMA awards show.

The results of that test are in, but they have not been made public.

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that because Belfort is not currently licensed in Nevada, and because Belfort has not provided permission, the commission does not have the necessary consent to release information regarding the drug test result.

Aguilar said that the test was administered in an attempt to facilitate its due diligence since the commission was aware that Belfort would soon be applying for a license to fight Chris Weidman in Las Vegas in May, coupled with Belfort’s history that includes his TRT use and a previous failed drug test in Nevada in 2006.

Aguilar also confirmed that the Feb. 7 random drug test was voluntary since Belfort was not licensed by Nevada at the time, and that he consented to the test.

Belfort and his camp have not revealed the result of that test. His attorney, Neal Tabachnick, had not responded to MMAWeekly.com’s requests for comment in regard to the test results at the time of publication.

UFC officials had no further comment on the situation at the time of publication.

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  • taylor2008

    TRT or not…..Weidman still wins.

    • RealityChecks

      Vs Vitor, Yes. Machida, NO. Karma’s a B*tch. TIme for Weidman to be on the other end of fate.

      • taylor2008

        How is Karma a bitch with Weidman when Weidman dominated and KO’d Silva in the first fight, and had Silva out on his feet in the first round of the second fight? Machida will run all night. Weidman will finally get a hold of him and GNP to a tko.

      • Ryan thompson

        You’re comment makes absolutely no sense.

    • Mudd

      More like Weidman dodged a bullet on this one

      • taylor2008

        How is that? HE dispatched Silva twice and only way Vitor has been fighting lately is on TRT. And I am a Vitor fan.

  • brad king

    A roided Belfort would knock out Weidman in one round. Now without roids he will be challenging The Dragon for the title, like in August or so.

    • Seth

      What else Weidman has to do to prove himself to idiots that sees KO win as something “controversial”? Doesn’t get much more dominant than that. Machida will not wear that belt as long as Chris is the champion. Neither he, neither Belfort – who ran away as soon as they banned his cheating.

  • Wolf Ticket

    “… I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it.”

    How the hell was he granted an exemption, if he does not actually need it? Anyone else bothered by this?

    • Mike mckinney

      He “needs” it to be “healthy.” He “needs” it to have “normal” levels. He most likely doesn’t need it to stay alive.
      It’s funny that a treatment like TRT is prescribed so that people can get back to the level of general society, but that a lot of people view it as a way to have an unfair advantage.
      The NSAC banned a legitimate treatment for something that happens to a large minority of people in the country because they don’t want to do their job and police. I’m glad they’re trying to stop cheating, but not because they’re to lazy to become less ignorant. This one treatment isn’t the problem. It’s the commissions laziness in actually doing work.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    I bet his results are screaming hot!

  • D’ZZO

    Why would Belfort agree to an exam he didn’t have to take if he knew he was juiced?

    • guest

      of course he was juiced. being on TRT means you are always juiced. he agreed to show them that he is always within the allowable limits and not abusing the figures.

      in terms of why 3 months isnt enough time, it takes approximately 8 weeks to fully clear your system and get the standardized hormones to just barely BEGIN to start working again after a TRT regimen. given that this would have left him barely 7 or 8 weeks to prepare for a CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT, i am not surprised he bailed out. It would have been foolish to fight at anything less than his potential best. and it would have been impossible to reach his potential best with less than 2 months of fight camp.
      unless you have prepped for a fight you have no idea the intense work and stress that comes with it.

  • Usmc8408

    I don’t know much about trt and steroids but he’s saying 3 months isn’t enough time to adapt to the no trt rule ? That sounds like straight BS! Personally I think the guy is full on “juicing” and stopping now would put him in a sump so low my little niece would have higher levels of T.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Bitch.

  • Denny Swain

    Weidman wins by 1st rd ko via gnp. Stays champ til he retires undefeated and sets all sorts of mma records.

  • MMAreality

    Weidman dodge a bullet. But got hit by another. Weidmans days are numbered. Sorry Weidman fanboys.