Vitor Belfort continues to be a lightning rod for controversy due to his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). He’s currently coming off of impressive back to back wins over Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping, with both of those fights taking place in Brazil. Many have speculated that the UFC is “hiding” Belfort in Brazil, where the athletic commission is notoriously less strict than its stateside counterparts.
Belfort obviously doesn’t agree, and on a recent episode of The MMA Hour, he explained his side of the story.
“You know, a lot of guys are on TRT right now,” he said. “But, when I fight in Brazil, it’s the only place that draws blood work after the fight. That’s the only place that does that. So now, I’m fighting a guy who is on TRT, too. So, he’s going to be very surprised that they will have to draw blood. In other places, you don’t need to, but there you have to. So, it’s good to have two guys [on TRT] to have to fight there.”
Belfort also addressed the rumors that the UFC is scheduling his fights in Brazil to avoid a more rigorous look at his TRT usage.
“The reason I fight in Brazil is because I sell a lot in Brazil,” he explained. “It’s great for me to be fighting in my country. I’m used to fighting any other places. But, I don’t see any problem. I sell big in Brazil. It makes sense for them and makes sense for me.”
Finally, he stated that after his upcoming fight with Dan Henderson, he plans on dropping back down to middleweight to fight the winner of Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman.
“That’s the only fight that make sense right now, in my view, that’s what’s going to happen,” he said. “But, I’m not a promoter, you’re talking promotion right now, and it’s just a waste of time, Dana is who calls the shots in the UFC. I’m here in my spot. My job is to train, I’m getting ready. I’m going to the gym. I’m trained, focused, and happy. That’s the only thing I can do.”
Belfort will face Henderson on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32. The event is scheduled to take place in Brazil, which certainly won’t help his case against the conspiracy theories.
He is currently 23-10, and is ranked #2 in the middleweight division.