Vitor Belfort Fine With His Conscience, Calls For Opponents To Be Blood Tested During Training Camp

Posted on February 4, 2014, 04:05 PM by Mike Drahota
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Most MMA fans not hiding in seclusion know about Vitor Belfort’s ongoing, never-ending saga with testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT).

The ins and outs of the situation have been hashed and rehashed. Many believe that Belfort’s use of TRT was the main reason why he knocked out three high-level foes with headkicks last year, while many others think that the therapy itself cannot make a fighter that skilled, accurate, and powerful.

And, as usual, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

In reality, TRT users have exhibited an absolutely atrocious track record inside the Octagon, with Belfort being the only one who has truly generated a head of steam. However, “The Phenom” has also seemingly hit his prime at the ripe old age of 36, something that is rarely (if ever) seen in combat sports.

Of course, Belfort wouldn’t be garnering this much heat if he weren’t fighting for the title in his next bout. He’s stated that he will apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to use TRT for his upcoming UFC 173 main event against Chris Weidman in May. While most think that he won’t be approved for a TUE in Las Vegas, Belfort told Globo that he is confident that he will:

“For sure I'm confident. It's my treatment. The UFC and the doctors are already working on it to make things right. I don't believe that it is going to be a problem. It's not something from my head, it's a medical issue.

The big problem are the people who abuse in a general way. They use without the right for it, to cheat. I'm the only guy who is rigorously tested in gaps of 15 days, as Dana White said. When the UFC don't do the test, I do it myself. It's my treatment. The cool thing is to be fine with your conscience, to know that you are playing fair.” – Translated via Bloody Elbow

Belfort might also receive a bit of slack if he hadn’t failed a post-fight drug test for anabolic steroids in 2006, and he’d get even more if he didn’t constantly defend his TRT use as merely medicine that he needs. It’s been well chronicled that Belfort receives frequent blood tests to monitor his testosterone levels.

But he took it a step further today, stating his view that his opponents are probably on something illegal, and should be tested stringently during their training camps by providing blood samples:

“I'll start asking for one thing the UFC. All those who fight against me are always complaining. But I have one thing to say: why they are not tested during the preparation for the fight? The thing is that many guys use doping during their camps to improve recovery and such. During my camp I'm thoroughly tested.

I will now ask for Dana White to test all those guys who fight against me and keep talking. The same way that my blood is tested, must test their blood to see if they are not cheating. Many use products that we know, they know that they are mocking and they are talking about me.

But in reality, everyone is using during the camp.

Get there on time and piss when already out of his body. I do not. I am obliged to draw blood during my camp and after the fight. They do not have to draw blood, it's just pee.

Then all the guys who will fight me should do the test with me. Let's see if their hormones are straight or if they are using an illegal substance. We know that there are a lot of cheating out there. They abuse during the camp. I'm a proper man. Let me take the exam. I will be tested, and they will not be tested?”

In an effort to divert the attention off of him, Belfort made a very bold claim. He may be right when he says that many fighters use performance-enhancing drugs during their training camps for big fights, but it’s probably best for a man who has been suspended for the same thing to hold off from hurling accusations.

There’s no doubt that PEDs are a rampant issue in MMA right now, and for all his diverting, Belfort does raise some very valid points about drug testing leading up to fights.

Is this something that would help to curb the problem of PED use in the sport? It would definitely come at great expense to the UFC, but it could also go a long way in removing the black eye that steroids and other illegal drugs put on MMA. Would stricter testing like “The Phenom” described actually make a big difference?

Belfort seems to think that he’s the scapegoat for everything that has to do with testosterone-enhancing substances in the UFC. Do you agree with him?


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  • Just Scrapping
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    "The big problem are the people who abuse in a general way. They use without the right for it, to cheat."

    Is he referring to himself in the third person?

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  • enjoylife321
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    Does anyone know if Vitor Belfort has ever taken TRT or considered using TRT?

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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    WHat a joke. I'm so sick of Vitor. It's nuts that he used to be 1 of my favorite fighters. He's a disgrace to MMA right now. How can you get TRT after being caught cheating?! A top level athlete should NEVER have low Testosterone. IF they really did it's most likely from using Steroids for yearssss. In Vitor's case we know that's the case

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  • Fractured orbital
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    Silva totaly agree. It's a joke how such a past abuser of steroids is allowed this exemption. He's a cheet, like alot of other fighters and its threatening the legitimacy of the sport. Put everyone on a level playing field and get rid of this TRT bull****.

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  • Arti Choke
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    O_o

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  • falcon4917
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    Sharp to everyone above me. Weak to everyone that just hits weak. Vitors a cheater and still cheating to make up for the consequences of cheating.

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  • ultimatebroskyy
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    I know Vitor has been caught for cheating before, but thats in the past...if he's tested regularly and is within the allowable limits then it should be ok.

    I know ppl say he shouldnt have low T, but my younger brother (23yrs old) just got a blood test done and his test levels were low. He doesnt have any symptoms, good libido, good energy, he works out regularly has been gaining weight steadily with his diet and work out plan. He's never been on steroids, prohormones or anything, but his levels are low.
    Shi+, im 27 and i feel good too, but ima get blood work done soon just out of curiousity...i know im not competing...im just a regular guy but im my stuff was low id want to try to be in a normal/optimal legal/medical level...why settle for sub optimal if i can have a better quality of life.

    This guy is a pro athlete...if is levels are low and hes just raising them to the optimal normal levels then I think the guy should be able to fight...if hes abusing the stuff and gets popped then he wont be allowed to compete...if hes cheating he'll get caught....

    i do kind of wish there was a Roid league though haha id like to see these scientifically enhanced beasts going at it....yes i know pride already existed....but this league i speak of ud have to be juicing to be in it or ur out hahahaha

    Reply 3 months ago
  • IGMBurninPiff
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    What you're missing is regular levels is 1:1 they say kids at peak are usually 3:1 the commission raised the limit to 6:1 from what I read in the articles on their rules. So as long as he's tested all the time and stays under that he's "within the legal limit" Any fighter NOT on TRT will NEVER reach those numbers. so he's always going to have an advantage. Also your brother is a special case. I said it does happen but the numbers are extremely low. How can someone be a top level athlete but have low Testosterone? how'd he compete with all these other fighters before the TRT being low? What a joke

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  • ultimatebroskyy
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    I see what ur saying...i think what im talking about is total testosterone and you're talking about the testosterone to epitestosterone ratio...i dont know enough about all this yet and im still trying to learn, but if he has low epitestosterone would that change the ratio?
    I guess we'd really have to have all the data (bloodwork) to be able to make a real call about it ...i probably wouldnt understand it, but yeah im sure we'll never see any of that info....This TRT is an interesting subject though.

    Reply 3 months ago