While Vitor Belfort’s career has been dramatically reinvigorated thanks to unforgettable stoppage wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, there is certainly no shortage of fans and critics who are refusing to jump on the fighter’s latest bandwagon (his career has had several, let’s be honest). The reason being, of course, is because Belfort’s recent success has come at a time when he’s admitted to using testosterone-replacement-therapy, which continues to be one of the sport”s most controversial subjects.
Although UFC President Dana White has gone on record stating he doesn’t support TRT, and thinks it’s unfair, he also doesn’t think the response Belfort’s received from critics is warranted. According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, the UFC boss man recently told media members:
“I think Vitor has been unjustly beat down for the TRT thing,” White said. “You guys know how I feel about TRT. But he’s done everything the right way and been within the limits he’s supposed to be in.”
White then proceeded to say that he believes Belfort will compete in the U.S. once again and dismissed the notion (yet again) that the UFC has been protecting the 36 year-old middleweight by having him fight in Brazil. Belfort is cleared for TRT use in his native country but not in the US. yet, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s director Keith Kizer has relayed the fighter will likely not receive an exemption in that state (thanks to testing positive for steroids there in 2006).
“I would never, and Lorenzo (Fertitta) would never put a guy down in Brazil because we think he’ll pass down there and won’t pass somewhere else,” White said. “And the guys that regulate Brazil are the same f—ing guys who pulled (Alexander) Gustafsson out of the fight (at UFC on FUEL TV 9) for the cut. Same guys. And it’s not like I was a big fan of their decision in (Sweden). So it’s not like they’re doing me any favors or we have some yahoo buddy-buddy relationship.”
According to the report, Belfort says he was tested seven times for his bout with Rockhold. The feared striker’s levels were within acceptable limits.
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