Vitor Belfort on TRT: ‘I’m Not Doing Anything Illegal… It Makes The Fights Fair’
Almost seventeen years after his professional MMA debut, Vitor Belfort is still in the top of the sport. Since his defeat to light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on September of 2012, “the Phenom” has accomplished two important victories in a row against Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, making another strong case for a title shot at the middleweight division. But nowadays, Belfort’s name is not only discussed by his performances inside the Octagon, but also due to his controversial use of TRT – the Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
The subject has been openly debated by Belfort and other famous users like Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, but it’s certainly not a topic that the 36-year-old Brazilian enjoys talking about. The former UFC light heavyweight champ even lost his cool and verbally threatened a MMA Junkie reporter following a TRT question right after his knockout victory over Rockhold on May 18th, asking the media if “somebody could beat him up”. Belfort later then publicly apologized for his aggressive behavior, but it was clear that bringing up the TRT story still is something that bothers his ears, specially after a win. However, Vitor took the time to once again address the subject, as he stated the following to Sherdog.com:
“Why doesn’t [the commission] do blood work in all the fighters? I was the only guy in history of MMA to be after a fight drawing blood. People talk about the Brazilian Commission”, continued Belfort, in response to critics that believe fighting in Brazil, like he has in three of his past four fights, makes things easier for a possible TRT abuse, as Vitor’s therapeutic use exemption has not been approved yet in Nevada, “the commission here is so much tougher than America’s. Actually they’ve just created something new in women’s fighting, a pregnancy test [before bouts]. The commission here was created and they are much more restrict.”
“I always do blood work every week before a fight. My levels are always lower than a regular guy. I never go in the limit of the level. So what I try to do is to be fair with my career and against my opponent. The TRT… it’s just something my body cannot produce and I’m doing a treatment with doctors, doing blood work, so everything is pretty black and white, nothing to be crazy about it. A lot of guys out there are doing a lot of stuff and they don’t get caught.”
“I don’t agree with people who use things to create a performance and cheat away, because I’m not doing anything illegal.”
TRT or not, Belfort’s next fight in his long-lasting career is yet to be determined, as the veteran seeks another statement victory to strengthen his case for a shot at UFC gold.