Former UFC champ Vitor Belfort has been in the news quite a bit lately for his well-documented use of TRT prior to his second round headkick knockout of Michael Bisping. One of the elder statesmen of the UFC, Belfort has drawn a decent amount of flack for his decision to undergo TRT after failing a drug test for steroids in the past.
But Belfort thinks that it shouldn’t come as a surprise to the UFC. Dana White has recently spoke out against TRT, claiming that he will “test the s***” out of anyone known to be using it. And apparently this is true for Belfort, who is medically monitored with weekly blood tests to ensure his T levels are normal. He told Tatame:
"The UFC always knew that I use, do not do it to cheat. I have medical monitoring and UFC also accompanies it. Never broken through anything, always acted cleanly. Do blood tests every week to equal the testosterone levels of a person my age. Many people are averse to treatment. I do not. I am in favor of people being open and fair in what they are doing,"
Some may stand against Belfort’s use and TRT as a whole, but it appears that he is closely watched while the UFC stays abreast of the situation. Obviously the whole issue of TRT and PEDs is an ongoing debate and a touchy subject in MMA.
However, if Belfort gets tested just to make sure his testosterone levels are merely that of a normal male his age, is he truly doing something controversial or wrong? Men over 35 lose testosterone at an accelerated rate, and Belfort depletes his natural levels often with intense training sessions. He’s disclosed all of the details of his use, and he’s among many UFC fighters known to use the therapy.
Still, it is synthetic hormones and could be seen as a way to get a leg up on the competition. The former heavyweight always comes to the cage in great shape, but he looked even more cut up when he fought Bisping. What is your take on ‘The Phenom’s' disclosure about TRT?