Tim Kennedy: Vitor Belfort Is An Embarrassment To MMA

Tim Kennedy: Vitor Belfort Is An Embarrassment To MMA


Tim Kennedy is 24 hours away from his main event fight against Rafael Natal, at UFC Fight Night 31: Fight For The Troops 3 and he already has his sights set on a future opponent.

Between training, Kennedy, took time out recently to tear in to hotly discussed contender Vitor Belfort, in a interview with Bloody Elbow. The former Green Beret did not hold back with his thoughts.

“Oh yeah, I will always want to fight that guy [Belfort]. Do I want to fight him clean? Yeah. And I mean clean with him not being on steroids and in Brazil,” he said. “He hasn’t fought in the United States in four years and there’s a reason for that. He doesn’t have an exemption because he failed an anabolic steroid test, so the athletic commissions won’t give him a TUE because he failed a previous test.”

“That’s why he medically needs it, because he used anabolic steroids, and he got caught for it,” Kennedy said. “Now he needs TRT and nobody will give him that exemption because he used steroids.”

Wow. Don’t hold back Tim eh?

‘The Phenom’s’ TRT usage has been one of the hottest topics in MMA media this year, since it was discovered the fighter was taking the highly controversial treatment. Belfort was popped for doping back at Pride 32. In that fight he suffered a decision loss to Dan Henderson who he rematches next week. Henderson will also be taking the TRT in the match, though ‘Hendo’ is 43 and has never been busted for steroids in his career.

“It’s embarrassing to be part of the sport and have athletes that are manipulating the system like that. It’s mixed martial arts, and it’s supposed to be about integrity and character and all the things that go with being a martial artist. This is obviously a spit in the face of every martial artist out there. It’s demeaning, it’s embarrassing. It’s not good for the sport, it’s not good for him, it’s not good for the championship, and it’s not good for the promotion.”

Many fans feel the UFC are protecting Belfort by keeping him fighting in his home country, this comes after Nevada State Athletic Commission head, Keith Keizer, said Belfort would unlikely be granted a TUE to fight in the U.S. Belfort has since elected to stay in Brazil where the Athletic commissions will allow his testosterone use.

Belfort came out not long ago to say he would stop taking TRT if he had to for a title shot. Saying if he had to fight at a ‘disadvantage’ he would. This lead to Kennedy’s original mock of the Brazilian on twitter, where he wrote :

Kennedy is a little bit too far below in the Middleweight division right now to be looking for a fight against Belfort. A win over Natal probably won’t do much to help that either. But if Belfort loses again to ‘Hendo’ the fight could very well be a future possibility, Which could head line a card in early 2014. That I’d imagine would be a Fight Night card and most likely in Brazil.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Ivy Ivy

    I like Vitor, but Tim makes an excellent point. Bring Vitor to the U.S..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

    Glad Tim has some n u t s. Kennedy should be able to fight Vitor since Vitor may very well be there because he fights with an advantage anyway.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    Tim is learning from chael. Now theres drama and if Vitor get h-bombed then this could happen.

    Then Vitor via homicide because Tim is a solid fighter. But come on…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

    I wonder if Kennedy copied his good friend Chael Sonnen on the Tweet? Make sure Chael knows how Tim feels about fighters being on TRT. Actually, there's a bunch of fighters he should have copied on the Tweet.

    …just more Vitor bashing and from a guy who's nowhere near Vitor's skill level.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/movescamp movescamp

      If Vitor is so much better why does he need to cheat to win? Sure he may have more skill but if he gasses in the first round it doesn't really matter. He probably couldn't develop or recover as fast without it. It's a joke. Either let everyone cheat or no one.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        Careful with that knife, people are gettin hurt on this site.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jcren jcren

    Tim brings up a great point…BUT lets be real for a second. Tim's motivation for saying this has 0% to do with what is good for the sport. Him talking about Vitor makes him more relevant. Nobody is talking about Tim Kennedy and this is way of doing a bit of self promotion.

    Also…lets also be honest….TRT or NOT…Belfort will KTFO of Tim. This is the Chael Sonnen effect….just done classier.

    He has not called out Hendo or Mir or Marquardt or Overeem calling them an embarrassment to the sport

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      Good point, Vitor seems to be the target of everything.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/movescamp movescamp

      Exactly. Tim hasn't been caught yet but he looks pretty watery himself.