| It is no secret at this point that Vitor Belfort is using TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). It is also no secret that he is under the microscope of many fans and MMA analysts who believe that Belfort is somehow cheating, even though his use for TRT has been approved for each of the fights he’s used it. Regardless, we all know how the fans and media like to kick up dirt even when we’re all walking on a concrete surface.
What cannot be denied, though, is the fact that Belfort has looked arguably the best he ever has in his last couple of fights. He’s 3-1 in his last four fights (all in the UFC), with the only loss coming to UFC LHW Champion Jon Jones. What fuels the fire of the Belfort TRT conspiracy theorists even more is the fact that each of Belfort’s last three wins have all come in Brazil.
Many people have started saying that Belfort is only fighting in Brazil because he can get away with higher levels of this, or he doesn’t have to worry about testing for that, and some have even gone to the lengths of arguing that the UFC is allowing Belfort to fight in Brazil to avoid any positive drug tests coming back under Belfort’s name in the US.
I have to say, at first it seemed a little weird to me as well, but when you put a little more thought into it and you gather some more of the evidence, there is nothing proving that Belfort is doing anything differently in Brazil than he would in the States. He’s being approved for TRT and he is following and passing all the tests that he’s been put through, pre and post fight.
I think what has made this case so intriguing for the fans is that Belfort has been finishing his opponents in highlight fashion. Like I said, he’s looked close to the best he’s ever looked, period.
Belfort has not been able to shake this TRT, ‘he only fights in Brazil so he doesn’t get caught’ nonsense since he KOed Michael Bisping back in January 2013. But another thing that we fail to forget when talking about Vitor and TRT is that he is not the only one using it. Far from it.
Vitor is currently slated to fight in a rematch against Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 32 in November and what makes this interesting is that Henderson has also used TRT in the past, although he has opted not to use it in his last couple of fights. The two men first fought at PRIDE 32 way back in 2006 where Henderson won a unanimous decision.
Belfort recently spoke on The MMA Hour and addressed the real reason he’s been fighting in Brazil and why this fight with Dan Henderson at light heavyweight is a great matchup:
“You know, a lot of guys are on TRT right now. But, when I fight in Brazil, it’s the only place that draw blood work after the fight. That’s the only place that does that. So now, I’m fighting a guy who is on TRT, too. So, he’s going to be very surprised that they will have to draw blood. In other places, you don’t need to, but there you have to. So, it’s good to have two guys (on TRT) to have to fight there. The reason I fight in Brazil is because I sell a lot in Brazil. It’s great for me to be fighting in my country. I’m used to fighting any other places. But, I don’t see any problem. I sell big in Brazil. It makes sense for them and makes sense for me.”
Belfort will be moving up in weight for this fight but has made it clear that if he defeats Hendo in November he plans to drop back down to middleweight to challenge the winner of the rematch between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman in December. Belfort explained that it was the only fight that made sense to him if he defeats Henderson come November:
“That’s the only fight that make sense right now, in my view, that’s what’s going to happen. But, I’m not a promoter, you’re talking promotion right now, and is just a waste of time, Dana is who calls the shots and the UFC. I’m here in my spot. My job is to train, I’m getting ready. I’m going to the gym. I’m trained, focus and happy. That’s the only thing I can do.”
Belfort has indeed been on a tear in 2013, with the exception of his loss to “Bones”, but does a win at the weight class above warrant him the right to fight for the middleweight title again? Like Vitor stated, that’s really not up to him, but it’s an interesting argument to discuss.
So let’s hear what the fans here at BJPenn.com have to say about Belfort’s comments and what he expects if he can topple Hendo in November. Sound off, Penn Nation!Dan Henderson, Jake Chastain, MMA NEWS, TRT, UFC FIGHT NIGHT 32, ufc news, Vitor Belfort