It looked like the long, drawn-out saga of the Nevada State Athletic Commission NSAC) and UFC’s ban of the controversial testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) was finally coming to an end, but I suppose we should have known better.
After retiring from MMA following his removal from UFC 175 after testing positive for banned substances anastrozole, clomifene, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), news came last Saturday that former title contender Chael Sonnen had failed a second NSAC drug test on June 5, this time for human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), and anastrozole and hcG once more.
Today, his former proposed opponent Vitor Belfort, who was removed from his UFC 173 title fight against Chris Weidman in lieu of issues weaning off TRT, has admitted to taking an extra large dose of testosterone directly prior to the NSAC drug test he failed for elevated levels in February. His words to Combate:
“I was doing a hormonal treatment and they asked for to do a drug test as if I were any other person. I took the shot the day before in Las Vegas. I usually took the dosage throughout a week, but this day I took the whole weekly dosage. So, on that day, my levels were a little high, but nothing absurd. The limit was 1,100, and I was at 1,200.”
Well, Belfort actually tested at 1472 for that particular test, but who’s counting? Anyway, “The Phenom” continued on about his usage continuing to assert that he was never “dirty” despite conveniently taking a whole week’s worth of testosterone right before the NSAC “unfortunately” decided to test him:
“Someone asked me the other day: ‘Vitor, are you clean now?’ I was never dirty. I never did anything illegal, anything wrong. I never ran away from a test, I did everything I had to do. I even did that letter, applied for a license. I had no license in Nevada, but I was applying for one.
I was always straight honest and correct not only with me, but with my family, coaches, fans and the UFC, who was by my side.”
Belfort, who was removed from the NSAC’s June 17 hearing due to an overbearing schedule, will have his day in front of the commission to apply for his license. He’s focused on taking on the winner of UFC 175’s Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida title fight, but the NSAC is certainly going to take this finding into account when it renders its final decision on whether or not he’ll be able to fight in Las Vegas.