Vitor Belfort isn’t going anywhere.
Belfort, who was removed from a planned title fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 173 later this year, stated on Facebook that he will stop taking TRT and face the winner of Weidman-Lyoto Machida for the UFC middleweight championship.
“I never gave up fighting in UFC 173 and never mentioned it. Therefore, all information posted in any mass media advertising that is not true.
What I announced was that I will be resigning “TRT” and not “giving up the fight” to continue my dream of fighting.
The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn’t have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs Lyotto within the new regulations of all the Athletic Commissions.
I’m sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions “.
Belfort’s statement is a little different than the one made on Thursday after news broke that the Nevada Athletic Commission would not allow the use of TRT anymore in fights. “The Phenom” was granted TUE’s for each of his previous three wins in 2013 over Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson.