Dan Henderson On Vitor Belfort: I Beat Him The First Time When He Was On Steroids

Posted on September 7, 2013, 09:42 AM by Rory Kernaghan
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Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort will meet at UFC fight night 32, in a rematch of their 2006 Pride 32 bout, and the trash talk has been quite ripe between the two legends. Not often known for his pre fight trash talk, Henderson has engaged quite freely in his assassination of The Phenom’s character.

The main subject of banter around this fight is TRT use; both fighters are known to use testosterone replacement therapy, but Belfort is currently unable to get a TUE in Nevada due to his testing positive for hippogriff hormones PED’s. Hendo was on hand to talk with MMAFighting.com about Belfort:

"He’s a star here too, but I think is primarily because of the TRT issue," he said. "He wouldn’t be able to get that here because he tested positive the first time I fought him. They won’t give him an exemption for that. I don’t take that much and I’m always testing myself during camps even when I’m not required because people accuse me," he said. "My levels are always normal."

"It doesn’t bother me, it is what it is, That’s an issue with the commission. I beat him the first time when he was on steroids, I suppose it won’t make a difference."

When Hendo and Belfort met at Pride 32 it was under very different circumstances; Hendo was at his prime as a fighter, and Belfort was in a bad place in his career. A lot has happened since their first scrap, the main thing I’m noticing is that Henderson has slowed considerably and Belfort seems to be hitting his stride again.

"I’ve been using TRT for a long time and it doesn’t mean I haven’t improved. I have to work my ass off in the gym to improve, so I don’t think that’s why he won his last couple fights. He does that because he trains."

"I expect to beat him," he said. "It could be a war. Last time we went the distance. I controlled and beat him pretty good for three rounds. I don’t know how much I can say I beat him up, maybe a little bit, but I really want to show the fans I’m not done. I had two losses in a row and I could say I won both but it still would be considered losses."

The odds are certainly sacked against Hendo, who is on a two-fight skid right now, facing a surging Vitor Belfort. The Phenom’s form of late has been spectacular, knocking out Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold with equally violent and imaginative head kicks.

I’m intrigued to see which guy has more left in the tank, my gut/heart/bookie is telling me Belfort will nab the win.


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  • N.C.
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    I'm waiting for all the uneducated people who are all going to chime in now.

    If you think TRT is the same as full blow Deca, Dbol, Winstrol, then I bet your also one of those people who complain when you buy a bottle of creatine and you can't double your bench in a month.

    Vitor was on the full blown Juice. Hendo just uses TRT and can not exceed the amount his body would've naturally produced at a younger age.

    I got Hendo, because I always got Hendo.

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  • thexperience1
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    Lol ur not getting any love here NC.. but i'ma back u up on this one. Not too sure Hendo got this but if i was a betting man... which i happen to be :-) My money would be on Hendo, cause he wants to come out and make a statement. So does Vitor but Hendo should be more hungry right now after taking those 2 close (B.S.) L's....

    Reply 8 months ago
  • N.C.
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    I expected the Team NC-haters to come rolling in on this one. I also expect them to be scratching their heads going what do you mean this $60 bottle of creatine wont double my bench in a month as well. So i dont have a problem with the hate at all.

    Styles makes fights. Neither Machida or Rashad beat Hendo up. They just ran and ran and got the points needed to win. Vitor wont do that. He'll man up and fight.

    Guys who press the action never do well against Hendo. Not even the mighty Fedor could stop the H-bomb!

    Reply 8 months ago
  • David Saucier
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    I got Vitortron via TRT transformation, he is a whole new monster as of late, and Dan is slowing down, and getting up there in age.

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  • UnderdogGreatness
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    I thought they were both on TRT.

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  • David Saucier
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    they are both on TRT, but Vitor has gone super sayian 3 as of late

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    Dan won the first fight yea, a lacklustre decision win, but a win, nonetheless.

    Two of my favourite fighters sqauring off so it's hard to pick. That said, Vitor has looked unstoppable recently and Dan has sorts slowed down... I think we might see Hendo getting Tko'd for the first time. Can't wait.

    Reply 8 months ago
  • Mike Drahota
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    Vitor was a noticeably different fighter the first time they fought. He was in a downswing in his career, partly due to the tragedy of his sister being kidnapped. Hendo, on the other hand, was in his prime physically and has looked a shell of that destroyer in lackluster losses to Machida and Evans.

    This is not a good matchup for Dan. If Belfort knocks him out, he may be fighting for the LHW title again (or at least maybe he should be). If Hendo can pull out the win, he might be back in the mix again somehow.

    Reply 8 months ago
  • watermelon fresh
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    Hahaha this is going to entertaining, see Henderson is learning from sonnen. I wonder if belfort will call Henderson a cow like he did sonnen. Haha

    Reply 8 months ago
  • falcon4917
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    I respect Dan beat Vitor TRTless and I am okay with this fight if both are on the stuff but not 1 on and 1 off.

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  • falcon4917
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    By the way, I had a 1/4 teaspoon of strawberry creatine in a milkshake and the next day my bench went from 65lbs to 420lbs. On top of that my manhood decreased the same percentage value.

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  • Evan Holober
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    Hendo will win, and it probably won't last the distance.

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  • David Saucier
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    LOL Evan picking Hendo is always amusing to me :-)

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  • Evan Holober
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    Haaaaaa!

    I still hate him.

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  • chaos
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    I think Vitor has been looking really good lately, TRT or not. Hendo on the other hand has not looked as sharp. But I would never discount Hendo to knock anyone out in any particular night. We'll see what happens when these two legends meet in the octagon.

    Reply 8 months ago