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Wednesday, 01/29/2014, 02:51 pm

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.


6 Responses to “Nevada Athletic Commission Doc Says Belfort Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Use TRT”

  1. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Bullshit. The only solution is to just allow any PEDS to be used or not used by any of these fighters. They’re free choice. It stops all the hypocrisy. Every sport worldwide has PED use at the elite level. Its proven to help recover form injury, etc. So just open it up and if any individual fighter decides to abuse PEDS and put their futres in danger, than at least they are free to make that choice. Many of these fighters already do it. At least make the sport more honest. So bullshit on the hypocrisy. Weidman will still beat up an old juiced up dinosaur like Belfort.

    • SlipSlap says:

      I don’t think it’s fair or morally sound for upcoming fighters to be in a position that they’re, in effect, forced to seriously consider the fact that they may HAVE to use TRT in order to compete with goons like Belfort who only appears to be competitive when they’re juiced up.

      I’d love for the sport to be 100% clean, but appreciate thats a big ask, with big costs and a number of technological and logistical hurdles to overcome.

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        Well everybody has a position on this stuff. Would it be nice to have everybody clean and these drugs weren’t used? Sure, but man has always looked for an edge. My position is that if you don’t understand the long term results or don’t care, like smoking or being a pothead or alcohol, then you should have the right to do it even if it is likely to cause you problems as you get older. I think these fighters should have access to education on the hazards and then let them make the choice. At least you will take the hypocrisy out of it and the so-called government out of it too.

        Its not an easy topic since it is so rampant in worldwide sports on an elite level. There is probably some good use to the proper usage of it.

        People are going to do what people are going to do. I don’t think a clean Weidman has anything to worry about a dirty juiced up Belfort. He is not at a disadvantage. Belfort is going to do what he is going to do and Weidman will do what he does. TRT or PEDS does not give Belfort his technique. If Belfort had not connected on those kicks, He probably would have been beat up by Bisping, Rockhold and Hendo.

  2. Matthew Adam Logan says:

    fuck it!!!!!!!!!!!! Weidman should just juice…… he’d destroy everyone! c’mon silva couldnt handle that shit….. a juiced up belfort wont be able to either!!!!! WAR WEIDMAN!!!!

  3. Xaninho says:

    When your levels drop of old age it’s time to hang up the gloves. These guys jack their levels up to the maximum allowed 4:1 T/E level. That maximum is set because a measly 0.1% of men naturally have T/E levels of 4:1. How is it fair to give a 35 year old who used to have a natural level of say 2:1 a TRT exemption to jack it up to 4:1 ?

  4. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Vitor probably would have got here with or without TRT, he’s just doing it more impressively because of the TRT.

    Having said that I don’t support TRT and don’t think he should be on it either; anyone who has been busted for steroids ini the past should not be applicable for a TUE. Xaninho said it best; if your levels drop because of old age and you can’t compete, hang up the gloves. It’s not supposed to be fair, it’s supposed to be about what you can do as a person of your own accord, with your own skills, and your own limits.

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