Vitor Belfort has been a professional mixed martial arts fighter since 1996. He’s fought many of the big names in the sport and for various organizations.
The thirty-six year old Brazilian is considered to be one of the best middleweights in the world. He has also admitted to using a controversial medical treatment called testosterone-replacement-therapy (also known as TRT).
Not too long ago, he passed up a fight against UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy for a shot at MMA legend Dan Henderson at light heavyweight. Having recently scored back to back knockout wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, “The Phenom” felt that he had accomplished enough at middleweight to be given a title shot. Instead of being offered a title shot, he was offered Kennedy. A disappointed Belfort declined the fight and decided to do battle with Hendo instead, a man that he already lost to seven years ago.
In an interview with UOL, Belfort shared his thoughts on what he would be willing to sacrifice if offered a title shot in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He explained that he isn’t permitted to fight in Nevada because of his use of TRT, but he would be willing to give up using the treatment if presented with an opportunity to fight the middleweight champion.
“I’ve already said that, if they agree with it, I would [stop doing TRT],” Belfort said. “No problem at all. If they want me to get there in a disadvantage, that’s ok.”
Belfort claims that even though he offered to stop using TRT, he was still unable to get a title shot. He elaborated on this matter further in his interview.
“But they already told me that’s not the problem,” he said. “UFC told me, ‘You can’t go in there with a disadvantage.’ The thing is, I’m in normal testosterone levels with TRT. That’s the treatment.”
Many fighters have been scrutinized for using TRT in MMA. Belfort maintains that he has always been transparent regarding his use of the treatment and follows all of the legal rules and guidelines.
“People don’t seem to understand that I’m the only guy that does blood tests. Many fighters don’t do this, many use illegal stuff and are not tested like I am. I’m tested all the time. Week after week, month after month. I have to keep the levels normal to make it fair.”
As of now, Belfort has bigger things to worry about other than title shots. Dan Henderson is on a two-fight losing streak, and he has never lost three fights in a row in his entire MMA career.