Tim Kennedy Has Harsh Words for Vitor Belfort
Tim Kennedy, who fights Rafael Natal this Wednesday Nov. 6 on UFC Fight for the Troops 3, seems to already be setting his sights on a possible match-up with Vitor Belfort in the future.
Kennedy had harsh words for Belfort’s testosterone replacement therapy use, as reported by Bloody Elbow.
â€śOh yeah, I will always want to fight that guy [Belfort]. Do I want to fight him clean? Yeah. And I mean clean with him not being on steroids and in Brazil,â€ť he said. â€śHe hasnâ€™t fought in the United States in four years and thereâ€™s a reason for that.â€ť
Kennedy went on to say â€śHe doesnâ€™t have an exemption because he failed an anabolic steroid test, so the athletic commissions wonâ€™t give him a TUE because he failed a previous test.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s why he medically needs it, because he used anabolic steroids, and he got caught for it,â€ť Kennedy said. â€śNow he needs TRT and nobody will give him that exemption because he used steroids.â€ť
Kennedy said he thinks TRT use is bad for the sport, and said that when athletes manipulate the system through TRT use it is a â€śspit in the face of every martial artist out there.â€ť
Belfort has recently gone on record saying that if the UFC needed him to get off of TRT for a title shot, he would stop receiving treatment.
â€śIâ€™ve already said that, if they agree with it, I would [stop receiving TRT treatment],â€ť Belfort said. â€śNo problem at all. If they want me to get there in a disadvantage, thatâ€™s OK.â€ť
Kennedy responded to Belfort on twitter with this message:
I have decided to stop using TRT for my title shot… Oh wait…. Never mind. I never cheated in the first place.
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) November 1, 2013