Back when testosterone-replacement-therapy was still in play, fighters who used the treatments went out their way to defend why they needed to be on it, including Vitor Belfort. Well, as the latter approaches his February 28th scrap with Chris Weidman, sans TRT, “The Phenom’s” claiming he’s better off without it…Confused?
Recently Belfort spoke with Brazil’s SporTV about his upcoming, UFC 184 scrap with middleweight champ Chris Weidman, which will mark the first time he’s fought since TRT was banned. According to a translation by Bloody Elbow.com, here is some of what the 37 year-old had to say about life without the controversial treatments.
“It was better for me (the end of TRT) because I left a boring treatment that was bothering me, and now I’m stronger, lighter and faster. So, for me, it was wonderful. Doesn’t matter what my blood says, nor the result of the blood test. What matters is what is in my head. It was banned? There is no problem. I took 2014 to improve some techniques. I know that is hard to believe but I’m better now. I have been improving my skills, my kicks, my boxing, my endurance, my grappling, my strength and my footwork.”
Interesting stuff, and no doubt, Belfort detractors will likely scoff at the comments. Whether you believe fighters should have been allowed to continue TRT or not, this storyline has only added to the buzz surrounding the upcoming fight.
How will Belfort look? How will he perform? Will he still be the monstrous finisher that bombed out Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson last year? Can he take the middleweight belt back to Brazil, where it resided for so long during the Anderson Silva era?
Hopefully, everything goes according to plan and nothing hijacks the fight like an injury or…yes, a failed drug test. After all, we’ve been talking about Weidman-Belfort for over a year now, and not one, but two scheduled fights between them have been cancelled to date.
UFC 184 will go down at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 28th, and the card will also see bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey take on Cat Zingano. If that wasn’t enough to peak your interest, “Jacare” Souza is also booked to fight fellow, middleweight contender Yoel Romero that same night.