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After Promising TRT Would Be Approved, White Now Says Belfort Has To Fight With or Without It


The debate over whether testosterone replacement therapy should be legal in the sport of mixed martial arts is a polarizing one. And in the middle of that magnetic field is Vitor Belfort, a fighter who carries the cross for TRT usage every time he enters the Octagon.

That cross, however, could get a lot heavier in the next few days.

For his last three Octagon appearances, Belfort has been in the country of Brazil – a country in which Belfort has obtained a therapeutic use exemption. But his next fight – a championship bout against the newly crowned middleweight king, Chris Weidman at UFC 173 – will be in the state of Nevada; a state in which Belfort had previously tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosertone, an anabolic steroid (this was following a loss to Dan Henderson at Pride 32 in Las Vegas, in 2006). And that blemish could very well cause the Nevada State Athletic Commission to deny his request for a TRT exemption for his title fight.

Dana White is adamant, however, that – with or without his TRT – Vitor Belfort will be fighting, come May 24th.

And if Belfort decided to skip out on the fight, after being denied his TRT exemption?

That would be a problem if he turned it down if he doesn’t get the exemption,” White told reporters, Thursday in Las Vegas.

The government is gonna come in and tell Vitor Belfort what he can and can’t do. And if they say he can’t [use TRT], then he [expletive] can’t. And he’s gonna fight in Vegas and he’s gonna fight Chris Weidman. Period.”

Get your popcorn ready, everyone. This could get interesting.

By Jim Chadwick | Twitter

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0 Comments to After Promising TRT Would Be Approved, White Now Says Belfort Has To Fight With or Without It

  1. Xaninho says:

    He’s throwing Belfort under the bus. It doesn’t matter anyway, Belfort can just continue doing it as long as he makes sure he doesn’t get over the maximum limit.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      I don’t think he is doing any such thing. He is telling Belfort that if you get it, then stay in limits and if you don’t then you CAN’T use and if you do, you are done. And if you don’t fight because you can’t get TUE from Nevada, then you are done. Fight or Retire no matter what, is what White is telling him. If he doesn’t get the exemption, then he can’t use it. Period. If he does, then he is a cheater and then be fired!!…lol..then he can go fight in Bellator….lmao..

  2. Sasquatch says:

    Doesn’t really matter if he’s jacked up on testosterone or not.. he’s losing.

  3. Guest says:

    nothing can stop the rise of trtfort 2.0 ultra mega lesnarzoid

  4. team backfist says:

    Chris is a 2-1 favorite over Vitor. Should be interesting to see how that changes should the TRT get denied.

  5. swaxbagga says:

    I think dana is right. He is just saying this is your title shot, it is on 5-24-14 @ 185 pounds in lv nevada. The commission will tell you the rules, thats it, make weight show up and fight. If thats a problem than someone else will get the fight.

  6. ralph says:

    Dana is a bald piece of hypocritical shit hope a fighter breaks his face at a press conference

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