Vitor Belfort: I’ve Done Everything Necessary and People Should Recognize That Work


UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort has been in the news a lot lately for knocking his opponents out left and right with a diverse array of kicks. He’s also been in the news perhaps even more for his well-publicized use of TRT in the midst of his wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.

While he’s publicly stated that he has a conscience and uses the therapy along the guidelines of all regulatory boards, his recent success at an older age is still attributed to TRT. Several other fighters use it, but Belfort was busted for steroids in the past, and many think that is the reason he requires the therapy.

Regardless of what anybody thinks, however, he’s fighting at an absolutely insane level right now. And that has him on the cusp of getting another UFC middleweight title shot. He believes his recent body of work is enough to pay his dues, and he’s more about fighting than talking his way into title fights:

“Everyone is about fighting for the title, and they want to get themselves there by selling fights, picking fights, talking trash on Twitter. I’m not saying they’re wrong. It’s a style. I’m not criticizing or judging them, because I don’t have that right.”

“But I have the right to work hard and to ask people to recognize that work. That’s the way I want to get to the top, and I believe I made it. I believe I’ve done everything necessary.” – via MMA Junkie

Indeed Belfort has put on some amazing fights for the fans and let his fists and feet do the talking. He’s looked incredible as of late, and it’s getting very tough to deny him a chance to fight the very best in the world. But it’s also getting very hard to book him a main event any other place than Brazil, as NSAC Commissioner Keith Kizer has stated that Belfort would not be granted a license to fight in Nevada due to his past failing for anabolic steroids.

A similar situation could unfold in the state of California as well. It’s a touchy subject for the UFC to be certain, but Belfort thinks he’s done all he can to succeed the right way:

I’m fighting in main events, winning fights, shocking everybody. I’m right there, and they know that. Now it’s just waiting to see if I’ve done enough.”

“You cannot go against results, so look at my results. That’s what I mean. Some people earn, and some people don’t. They try to get there without earning it. I believe in every area of my life, I earn — and I earn through the glory of God.”

Belfort seems to be giving himself a ton of credit, and his wins have no doubt been very impressive. His return to the UFC has been successful. But it is due to hard work, or is it a combination of training and TRT? He failed to mention any assistance from the therapeutic use.

Does he deserve to fight for another UFC title outright with the stigma of TRT following him around like a black cloud? And should he maybe reign it in a bit with the media before he starts feeling sorry for himself?

  • 100% deserves the title shot, #2 middleweight in the world in my opinion but as this article describes, it may be difficult to give him one

  • He says he doesn't judge people for how they get title shots but I remember his words for Chael pretty clearly although I agreed with them. He just realizes now that he can't say much now that everyone knows his little secret so now he calls for no judging from people. There is always a place for judgement, just because you haven't gone through something does not mean you can't have an opinion about it. We can learn from others mistakes and make judgements with reason and keep emotional bias to minimum. He used to be one of my very favorite fighters along with Dan but I try not to be biased and that is why I can't support them any longer. I have mad respect for Rich Franklin who chose not to use TRT because his fans were telling him not to and he then realized that maybe if I need it that it is time to hang them up.

  • I would like to see Belfort vs Silva 2. At the same time I understand it might be hard to sell after being knockt out the way Belfort got in the first fight.

    Another fight I would not mind to see in the future is Belfort vs Shogun at LHW. That would really be something for the fans 😛

  • Silva / Belfort 2 would be one of the best fights the UFC could put together. I think he's one of the few guys, maybe the only guy @ 185 (right now) who can take the Spider on at his own stand-up game.

    Bottom line, if he's not allowed to fight for the title, why is he even allowed to fight, period?

    And lets face facts, Anderson KO'd a bigger steroid user @ 205 in the personage of one Stephan Bonnar, so what's the big deal if he faces Belfort on TRT @ 185?

    My view of it, at any rate.

  • This guys is such a pompous wind bag but I suspect he is deeply sensitive and insecure. I think he calls his mom right after fights. And he is way overselling the whole religion thing jaysus'!

  • Take away all the talk and ask would Silva/ Weidman vs Belfort create a fight putting 2 top MW's in the octagon together to answer the question who is the best in the division right now (which is essentially what the title represents? … IMO yes.

    Then ask, even though the KO was highlight reel were you slightly disappointed that Silva vs Belfort 1 didn't last a little longer and give us chance to enjoy a stand up war between 2 of the most dangerous striikers at MW and the UFC?… IMO yes again.

    Do I care who wins? No… Do I want to see the best fights possible… Yes.

    • If we get a Silva Vitor 2, I think it will last longer.
      We used jumping front kick and lunging front kick constantly when I took martial arts as a youngster. I always wondered why we didnt see more front kicks or jumping front kicks.
      Jumping front kick was a very powerful kick, very easy to remove teeth and break a jaw.