Vitor Belfort has been the subject of some controversy lately due to his testosterone replacement therapy, a topic he has only recently opened up about. Despite his recent candor regarding the TRT use, many still speculate that the UFC has kept his recent fights in Brazil due to the country’s less strict regulatory body.
Dana White though thinks that idea is ridiculous. He addressed the issue at a recent post-Ultimate Fight Night press conference:
“They say [Vitor] can’t fight here because of the TRT thing and that is complete bullshit, he said. “Vitor Belfort can fight here, he can fight in Vegas, he can fight in any of these places. Whether they give him TRT or they don’t. It’s not a given that he has to give up the treatment in Vegas. The guy has been busted before. He’s had some issues and he’s going to have to go before the athletic commission and they would decide what they are going to do.”
White went on to say that Belfort’s recent appearances in Brazil are simply due to the fact that he has a huge fan base in his home country.
“That doesn’t mean that he can’t fight in Vegas or that Vitor Belfort is banned from Vegas and something crazy is going to happen,” he continued. “Or that we’re hiding him in Brazil because he’s on TRT. That is stupid, stupid Internet shit. Vitor Belfort is a big draw in Brazil so he fights in Brazil. Same thing with Aldo and a lot of these other Brazilian champions. If any of you have ever been to Brazil, Brazilians want to see Brazilians kick other people’s asses, not other Brazilian’s asses.”
Even so, Belfort’s future is uncertain right now. His manager is demanding that he receives a title fight next, promising he won’t return to middleweight if he doesn’t get it. He also recently turned down a fight with Tim Kennedy in Brazil.
However, Belfort has stated that he’d like to face Chael Sonnen next, an idea popular with many Brazilian fighters recently, although neither White nor Sonnen have confirmed these plans are in motion.
“The Phenom” is currently 23-10, with back to back wins against Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. His position in the promotion is awkward, having lost recent title shots at two weight classes, but managing to maintain a #2 ranking at middleweight.
His last two fights have taken place in Brazil, with the proposed Tim Kennedy bout set to happen in the country as well, feeding the rumors that the UFC is “hiding” the fighter after his TRT usage was revealed last year.