It looks like Vitor Belfort is being thoroughly and frequently drug tested as his May 23rd bout with Chris Weidman nears, but evidently the challenger isn’t happy about how often the middleweight champ’s been tested…
Belfort recently spoke with the media at UFC 184, and not surprisingly, the subject of performance enhancing drugs and testing came up. Recently, the UFC announced plans to fund more extensive and random drug testing, which Belfort has already been undergoing. When the 37 year-old fighter and contender was asked to weigh-in on the issue, Belfort reportedly stated the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“In 2013, I was the only one (tested randomly). I was tested seven times for my fight with Weidman. Seven times,” Belfort said. “Did they test my opponent seven times?”
“The funny thing is that everybody is clean, nobody do anything wrong. But when they started testing everybody, how many got caught? Forty percent? That shows that for the system to work, everybody has to be tested equally,” Belfort added. “If they come test me for my fight with Weidman, they have to go test Weidman as well on the same date, same time. That’s an equal system. It has to be fair. It’s not fair that they test me seven times and only test him once.”
How about that? Chances are those comments aren’t going to go over so well with Weidman’s boosters, considering Belfort’s previous issues with PEDs and then testosterone-replacement-therapy. That said, hopefully the day arrives soon where all headlining competitors are randomly tested and often, and it looks like that’s going to be the case.
UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will mark the first time Belfort has fought since November, 2013, when he stopped Dan Henderson. Weidman-Belfort has been postponed three times so far…The upcoming card will also feature light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones taking on Anthony Johnson.