Chris Weidman Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Most Fighters Are On Something

UFC middleweight and number two ranked fighter, Vitor Belfort, is of the opinion that most fighters in the brand are some kind of performance enhancing drugs. Of course, the subject is of interest to “The Phenom” as he has become the public face of TRT use in the UFC. Long known for his use of therapeutic testosterone enhancement, as well as an earlier steroid infraction dating back to 2006, Belfort has been singled out as the one fighter in the brand to be ridiculed for his use of sanctioned TRT. And the lone athlete in the promotion to have his previous PED use lorded over him. 

In short, Belfort is the single senior circuit fighter that has been painted as a “cheat” and to the exclusion of all other (known) current or previous users of enhancements. Yet, Belfort’s accusations of rampant PED use within the brand is in keeping with former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre’s sentiments on the issue – “It’s a problem.”

In a quick interview with middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Fight Hub TV asked the “All-American” whether or not he agreed with Belfort’s comments. In reply, the champ stated that he had no facts regarding the matter, but at the same time he “wouldn’t be surprised.”

If this is the case, then banning TRT probably means nothing and as likely as anyything, amounts to not much more than window dressing for the senior circuit. And given the fact that UFC President Dana White believes that random drug testing in the UFC is “impossible,” and that the promotion already has a “gold standard” in testing, it appears that the brand is no closer to being cleaned up than it was prior to the TRT ban being issued.  



9 Comments

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    whitemare

    April 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    This is very revealing, not for chris but for MMA and the UFC

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    soiWANNABEafighter

    April 23, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I know this is a very innocent question (but I'm an innocent guy): Is it really such an advantage if you are on "something" in this sport? Anyone actually can tell from personal experience? I'm totally serious. And very curious.

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      Brian Cox

      April 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Personally, I don't think so. The better fighter is not going to lose to the lesser, because the less talented is on some kind of PED. I just don't think it works that way in this sport.

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      G3ARHEAD

      April 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      There are various benefits to juicing, most to do with training, actually. When roided, one can work much harder, faster, and longer in the gym without tiring. I am also of the opinion that it assists people like Belfort and Sonnen in being super aggressive in actual fights. Though, as we've seen against people like Anderson, steroids don't inherently make someone a "better" fighter. Incomplete answer, honestly — there's always more to it.

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        Brian Cox

        April 24, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        Well, I wasn't trying to give a complete answer. And of course there's more to it, there's the down side of taking this crap. You failed to mention any of that when listing the benefits of PEDs. Your answer was incomplete in that respect.

        I'll stick with my contention that talent doesn't come in a bottle.

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      G3ARHEAD

      April 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      There are various benefits to juicing, most to do with training, actually. When roided, one can work much harder, faster, and longer in the gym without tiring. I am also of the opinion that it assists people like Belfort and Sonnen in being super aggressive in actual fights. Though, as we've seen against people like Anderson, steroids don't inherently make someone a "better" fighter.

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    johndo11

    April 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    In other news, water is wet.

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    jamo

    April 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Of course it give you an advantage. Peds allow you to work out harder for a longer amount of time. Thats why vitor belfort had time to work on spinning heal kick in his spare time. He went from a guy who layed on the mat and got booed against sakaraba and allistair overeem, to being a killer who almost beat jon jones at 35. Allistair is another who was superhuman, but hasnt been the same since he was caught. Therrs a constant battle going on to make undetected steroids and it wont stop anytime soon.

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    Kris-tyahn

    April 25, 2014 at 1:36 am

    For those who claim it don't are stupid & uneduacted! Check out Vitor's fight before TRT & then Belfort with TRT, do you see much of a difference?!? That question is EXTREMELY sarcastic, the difference is night & day. Vitor had barely thrown many kicks in his career, yet as he got older, his kicks were a lethal weapon. Either this guy is Benjamon Button or TRT helped him tremendously.

    FYI: If PED's or TRT doesn't give athletes an advantage, then why is it illegal?!? And why do people who have "juiced" in sports get stripped of their awards/records?!? Pretty sure Lance Armstrong benefited from PED's. But they don't give people an advantage, tell that to Lance!

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