The upcoming rematch between MMA legends Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson has a lot of fans talking. Not only about the opportunity to see two of the biggest names go to war, but because of the murky TRT story surrounding the fight.
It was recently revealed that Dan Henderson would have to apply through a set of exams to fight against Belfort, using TRT. Hendo has been on the TRT for years now, as has Belfort who can’t compete in Nevada, and the reason Hendo is having to apply? The fight is on Brazilian soil. As if that wasn’t shady enough, the only anti-doping lab in Brazil has been suspended.
Hendo’s coach, Ricardo Feliciano, spoke with Tatame.com to give his take on the TRT situation at hand:
"If Dan [Henderson] can't use [TRT], so won't Vitor! Vitor has already been caught in a doping exam and Dan hasn't! Dan has been using it for a long time and I think he won't have problems. I am sure Vitor won't come to [Las] Vegas because here he won't be permitted to use TRT as he has been using in fights in Brazil. That's why he only fights there."
Straight to the point, and a pretty fair statement really. This situation is pretty back to front.
"I want Chael Sonnen to come and help us, I even spoke with him. I like him and admire his qualities. I recommended Sonnen to Henderson and he liked the idea, but Sonnen just fought and we will give him some time. We like wrestling very much and I believe this is what makes the difference regarding the cardio."
Hendo going back to his wrestling roots, a style he may do well to utilize against Belfort. Although Hendo is a vicious power puncher, he has become slightly one dimensional as of late. Not only that, Belfort is a lot faster than Dan at this point of their illustrious careers.
My only hope is that this fight isn’t shrouded by controversy for long, in a sport where honor is a founding principal; this certainly doesn’t look the part.