Vitor Belfort’s Drug Test Results Will Not be Released to the Public
While the MMA world continues to reel from the aftermath of the NSAC’s decision to immediately ban the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, more news continues to come out about the most prominent user of TRT, Vitor Belfort. First he was removed from his title fight with Chris Weidman in May. In an initial statement, Vitor claimed that:
The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”
Vitor later went on to claim that the UFC decided to remove him from the Weidman fight after the decision, stating that “The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC.”
Yet another interesting wrinkle has been added to the story. According to MMAFighting.com, Vitor Belfort underwent a surprise drug test on February 7th, while attending the World MMA awards. And while Belfort, the NSAC, and the UFC knows the results of that drug test, they have not been released to the public. According to NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar, who responded to MMAFighting.com’s public records request, the commission is not legally allowed to release the results of the drug test, since Belfort had not yet applied for a license to fight in Nevada.
The drug test results could mean a number of things. If the drug test indicated that Vitor’s testosterone levels were normal, the results were most likely inconsequential. However, if his testosterone was higher than it should have been, or he tested positive for other banned substances, the results could have factored into the UFC’s decision to remove Belfort from the UFC 173 title fight. However, for now at least, the public cannot know for sure.