Dana White Says The Media Wanted Vitor Belfort Out Of UFC 173


The media storm surrounding the recent ban on TRT has been unlike any we’ve seen in recent times. The NSAC and UFC put their collective foot down on the controversial issue, and the Brazilian athletic commission soon towed the line. Rather predictably, the ban has taken it’s toll on a few big names.

Probably the most noteworthy is the case of Vitor Belfort and Chris Weidman’s UFC 173 title fight getting scrapped. Lyoto Machida stepped in for ‘The Phenom’, who needed time to ‘cycle off’ the therapy. UFC president Dana White had some finger pointing to do about the issue at the press conference for tonight’s event:

“TRT is the monkey that is off my back now. You guys need something to talk about. TRT was fun wasn’t it? Oh that was fun,” White said. “You could write six – seven page stories about it, and Vitor (Belfort), and now it’s gone. What is next guys?”

It would seem a little strange for White to point his fingers at the media who reported the whole affair, especially since he was happy to keep Belort on the treatment whilst it was still legal in South America. ‘The Phenom’ fought on TRT for his entire run to the MW title shot, White continued:

“At the end of the day the media got what they wanted. The media got what they wanted,” said White. “He’s banned. He’s not fighting Chris Weidman, and the media got what they wanted. They wanted no Chris Weidman fight with Vitor.”

I’m not sure what DW means by ‘banned’, perhaps he got his words muddled? I’ve seen my fair share of scathing reports on testosterone therapy, but mostly even the heaviest critics still wanted Weidman vs. Belfort. I find it hard to believe the athletic commissions based their decision to ban TRT on an opinion that they saw on a sports site or publication.

Belfort, as far as we know, is still in with the shout for a title shot. Machida gets Weidman on May 24, but ‘The Phenom’ has been told he will face the winner. As far as Dana’s comments are concerned, don’t cry over spilt milk; your organization allowed it’s athletes to receive injections of a performance enhancing drug.

If you want to have a ‘T-Rex’ as your king of the jungle, you better be ready for people to talk about it.

  • It's one of my pet peeves – when the news media makes a story. Remember that video recently of the athlete at the olympics (?Bode Miller?) they made in to a big story by repeatedly asking him about his late brother until he broke down. Unethical bastards. Regardless of how you feel about TRT the media sometimes goes beyond reporting and push until they get what they want.

  • The "media" in the USA is Govt owned propaganda similar to Hitler's Germany. Not saying sports media is the same, but the simple word "media" makes me puke.

  • Ok, Dana. The media runs the UFC.

    • gm1

      Exactly…. Dan make a stupid a%^ statement that doesnt mean jack.
      Please lowkick dont post crap for us to read weather its true or not…
      It just gets some of us close followers angry….

  • "your organization allowed it’s athletes to receive injections of a performance enhancing drug."

    Correction: The Athletic Commission did…..!! The UFC follows the guidelines of the athletic commission.

  • There's more backround to these comments that Rory didn't present. These comments stem from the fact Dana White thinks that the media have signled out Vitor even though there are loads of fighters who were on it. He's right of course but the big differnce is none of these guys HAD an imminent title shot. Vitor became the poster boy because he's torn through guys no stop latley unlike Henderson or Mir.

    • Dont forget guys on full blown steriods who still lost. There are a lot of guys with losing records who took TRT.

      I agree. Its more about everybody pointing out Vitor, then TRT.