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Tuesday, 06/11/2013, 01:13 pm

Vitor Belfort opens up about his use of TRT

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is nothing less than a legend in the sport of mixed martial arts. He has provided fight fans with some of the most memorable knockouts in MMA’s history. But, with all that said, Vitor has been under a lot of public scrutiny lately in regards to his use of TRT (Testosterone replacement therapy.)

“The Phenom” recently opened up to MMAJunkie’s John Morgan about his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

“The TRT is my private life, but it’s become public, and it’s now a big, big thing,” said Belfort. “I believe that all the good things I’m doing, people kind of forget it and have a tendency to not pay attention or give credit for the way I’m winning fights, the way I’m working, the way I’m being an example for my Blackzilian teammates. I’m putting in the hard work, and I’m not done yet.”

“So basically what TRT is for me is to not be at a disadvantage. People talk like it’s a cheating process, but it’s the opposite. Low testosterone is something that can cause serious health problems and even death. You can have problems, big problems, if it’s untreated. So the treatment is for you to live longer and have a better life by having less health problems.”

“People think TRT is about increased sex drive or performance-enhancement. It’s not that. It’s about life… It’s just for me to have better health, a better life.”

“For the fight with Rockhold, I did seven blood tests. I did one every week. I have records of all of them. Some of the results are even lower than they should be, and the doctor said, ‘You should probably increase,’ and I said, ‘No, I don’t want to get to a level that’s bad for me.'”

“I just want people to know that I have a conscience, and I wanted to have something, a record, that for the rest of my life people can know I was doing something right. I don’t ever want to cheat.”

“We live in a world where some people can’t accept men with integrity succeeding. Just so people understand, taking testosterone doesn’t give you an edge for any reason. If you take too much, it’s actually going to mess up your system bad and cause the absolute opposite effects. People have a tendency to interpret things wrong. I understand that it’s cheating when you do something that’s not legal, but this isn’t illegal.”

“I believe the credit of my performance belongs to my work ethic. It’s my will. It’s the coaches that invest their time in me. It’s my team. They sacrifice everything along with me. So it’s a journey. It’s the UFC. I encourage reporters to study my life, study my work ethic and what I’ve been doing a long time. Now I’m just maintaining that.”

It is commonly assumed that Belfort needs TRT because of previous use of Performance Enhancing Drugs. Belfort was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2006, after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Belfort however says his need for TRT remains uncertain:

“It’s hard to describe the reason I need TRT, I mean why does your body generate cancer? You eat properly, you do everything right, and you still generate cancer. I have an uncle who drinks a liter of whiskey a day, and he’s 97 years old. So now you think if everybody drinks a liter of whiskey per day, they’re going to live forever? No.

“Everybody is different. It’s hard to tell, and I’m definitely not a doctor. Some things you’re not sure exactly why they’re the way they are, but you have to address it.”

“I had something bad happen, but I have a God that turns bad into good. I am a perfect example of that – the way I was raised, the way things happened. So that’s Vitor Belfort turning bad things into good.”

The 36-year-old, Belfort,  is coming off a highlight reel knockout win over final Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at last month’s UFC on FX event in Brazil.


37 Responses to “Vitor Belfort opens up about his use of TRT”

  1. squid says:

    vitor is a beast and a legend, but this trt bs is definitely gonna taint his legacy

  2. K2 says:

    “but I have a God that turns bad into good.”

    Your ‘God’ took your testosterone…. You went against him taking TRT.

  3. 757 says:

    K2 you are an idiot! wow get off the topic. That is a totally ignorant comment. Squid you are correct. I don’t think it should because he is an awesome fighter but as ignorant as some people are I think you are correct it will taint his legacy……K2 wow I still can’t believe you are that ignorant

  4. K2 says:

    757– I’m not ignorant. Just correct. And you saying I’m ignorant without knowing me shows your ignorance! hahaha!!!

  5. 757 says:

    Good one! great comeback you are just amazing. Your blazing intelligence is spot on. Wow congrats

  6. lionstrangler says:

    Here’s the skinny. If he was fighting in the US, He would have been popped for having well over the limit levels. I lol at guys who say”I need it to maintain normal levels” and come in ultra jacked,not just retaining muscle but increasing hypertrophy during training. There’s a reason he isn’t producing testosterone at normal levels. He had an undue and illegal advantage previously and it has now caught up with him. It’s entertainment for us because it invariably gives us access to watch a 20 something year old Belfort but it kinda leaves a sour taste in the mouth as to where the sport is going and what fighters do to get ahead.

  7. 757 says:

    I’m not saying that it is in Vitor’s case but people do have below normal testosterone production without ever being on steroids. It happens with young teenage kids all the time. Just saying. Also who cares what he or anyone else did years ago. If we were all judged for everything we did wrong indefinitely we meaning all of us would never be permitted to do anything positive again.

  8. spyr0 says:

    ol wtf 757.. You said u “squid you ARE correct” followed by “I don’t think it should” followed by you MIGHT be correct”

    And squid quoted something from the article and made a comment on it and you said it was OFF TOPIC? How is an opinion on a direct quote off topic.

    You should proof read your shit before you post, man..

    • 757 says:

      Shut the fuck up Spyro you dick head. Who knows who the fuck half of you pussies are that post shit you change names all the time. Proof read your own shit you fuck up piece of shit. You probably are squid or some other fucked name asshole

  9. repairman jack says:

    vitor has abused steroids has failed a previous test & served a ban , if low testosterone is as life threatening as he’s making out then he shouldn’t be fighting seeing as head trauma is one of the leading causes of low test production!, his statement is nothing but the window dressing of a cheater

    • KIDD433 says:

      @ repairman jackass…So which of of your man fantasies did Vitor KO?Because hate your toward him sounds pretty personal.
      The man has always brought the fight,KO’d mfkrs out,and now all of the sudden everyone is blaming it on TRT. No one has a problem with Hendo,Chael,and Forest Griffin taking TRT but now Vitor is using it everyone is bitching about it.It’s pretty obvious it’s not just a “TRT” problem.It’s an “ethnicity” problem.

  10. 757 says:

    KIDD433 +1 BROTHER

  11. drew says:

    “i did roids in the past, my balls are fucked, so trt helps me back to normal levels”
    -the real truth-

  12. Ddddddd says:

    I don’t favor anyone that’s on Trt. I can only produce a certain level of respect for them. Should I get a shot that ups my level of respect?

  13. 757 says:

    Just remember that. Everyday in your life you or say something that you shouldn’t and expect to be forgiven or get away with it. Careful on the judgment. By the sound of it you don’t need a shot you need to get slapped in your mouth

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