Nevada Athletic Commission Doc Says Belfort Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Use TRT
“If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone has used PED’s in the past, they will not get an exemption,” said Dr. Timothy Trainor concerning the licensing of Vitor Belfort (above). “No, no way.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Vitor Belfort has a fight lined up, which means that the MMA world will begin discussing the legality of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) again.
It’s an issue that has come up every time Belfort has fought in the past couple years, and his summer bout against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be no exception. Only this time, the discussion is not coming after the fact of Belfort’s being given a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE).
Dr. Timothy Trainor, a consulting physician to the Nevada Athletic Commission who will oversee Belfort’s bout with Weidman, told ESPN that he will advise against the commission granting Belfort a TUE.
“If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone has used PEDs in the past, they will not get an exemption,” said Dr. Trainor, who will share his medical opinion with the commission’s five-person board that will vote to decide Belfort’s fate. “We’re not going to give people a free pass because they admitted they used steroids in the past.”
Trainor alluded to a test in 2006 where Belfort tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone, an anabolic steroid, after a fight in Las Vegas. At that time, the commission fined Belfort $10,000 and suspended for nine months.
Of course, Dr. Trainor is not a voting member on the commission; and his opinion is not shared by all commission members.
Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar told ESPN that a prior failed drug test does not immediately bar Belfort from receiving a TUE. Indeed, there are other factors that Aguilar said would influence the decision.
“The economic development impact to the state could be huge,” Aguilar told ESPN, referencing the nearly half million dollars the state of Nevada made from UFC 168 in December.
But if that statement worries fans that the commission will overlook the safety of fighters to ensure a lucrative fight takes place in Las Vegas, Aguilar reiterated his duty.
“There are always people with an interest from the economic perspective, but we also have the obligation and duty to be regulators… The last thing you want is one fighter stepping in a ring that is juiced more than the other. It gives him an unfair advantage and you run into the safety issues.”
Personally, I’d like for the Nevada Athletic Commission to send in two fighters who are not juiced at all… but I guess I’ll settle for equality.