In a recent interview, UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy had some harsh words for Brazilian MMA legend Vitor Belfort.
“He doesn’t have an exemption because he failed an anabolic steroid test, so the athletic commissions won’t give him a TUE because he failed a previous test,” Kennedy told BloodyElbow.com, regarding Belfort’s history with performance enhancing drugs. “That’s why he medically needs it, because he used anabolic steroids, and he got caught for it. Now he needs TRT and nobody will give him that exemption because he used steroids.”
Vitor Belfort has talked about using TRT in multiple interviews. He has said that his testosterone levels were low, and he uses TRT to bring them up to normal. Kennedy doesn’t buy it.
“It’s embarrassing to be part of the sport and have athletes that are manipulating the system like that. It’s mixed martial arts, and it’s supposed to be about integrity and character and all the things that go with being a martial artist,” Kennedy said. “This is obviously a spit in the face of every martial artist out there. It’s demeaning, it’s embarrassing.”
It’s not shocking that Kennedy isn’t too fond of Belfort. The UFC offered Belfort a fight against Kennedy, and Belfort said no. Evidently, Kennedy isn’t to happy about that.
“Oh yeah, I will always want to fight that guy. Do I want to fight him clean? Yeah. And I mean clean with him not being on steroids and in Brazil. He hasn’t fought in the United States in four years and there’s a reason for that. With that said, I already said that I would fight him in Brazil, and we were going to fight in Brazil, but then he said ‘No’ to fighting me, and I don’t know if that’s gonna ever change.”