Michael Bisping disappointed by Vitor Belfort’s TRT use, releases official statement

Earlier today, UFC Middleweight Michael Bisping released an official statement via his personal website, Bisping.tv, to address the finding that Vitor Belfort was granted a therapeutic use exemption for TRT prior to UFC on FX 7. Of course, Belfort won the bout in the second round with an emphatic headkick, knocking Bisping out and dashing any current hopes of a title shot at Anderson Silva‘s long-held belt. Bisping had the following to say on the subject:

As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don’t like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.
Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear.  I don’t feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now.  All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally.  A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don’t understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone. 
All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk.  I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way.  That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher‘s ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.  
Thanks everyone for their support – can’t wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.

“As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don’t like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.
Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear.

I don’t feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now.  All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally.  A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don’t understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone. 

All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk.  I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way.  That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher‘s ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.  

Thanks everyone for their support – can’t wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.”

Bisping has been an effective and long standing fighter for the UFC, his career only derailed at certain points by losses in pivotal bouts. It may be interesting to point out that three of these important losses were to fighters granted exemptions to use TRT in Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, and Dan Henderson. It would seem that TRT is becoming quite the thorn in Bisping’s side. However, he appears to be focused on the task at hand, which is his next fight against Alan Belcher this April. What is your take on the issue?


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    51JD51

    February 8, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Bisping makes a good point, how does a guy who's been popped for roids before get a trt exemption? Belcher vs Bisping though that's an exciting matchup.

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      grapplure

      February 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      when i saw the headline i thought this was gonna be the "count" bltching and complaining about getting ko'd by one of the best fighters in the history of sport.

      but it was well balanced and im glad he is deciding to move on and focus on another tittle run.

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      ksooner76

      February 9, 2013 at 1:47 am

      as pro MMA fighter there are Doc records that have a average testosterion level of every guy in the UFC and since no one man is the same I would think it wouldnt be to hard to have an averege for each fighter and as long as he did exceed his own average would think it would be fine kinda like someones sugar levels if needed insulin they would get it but ….like said if elevated is cheating
      if the guy was diabetic they would get there shot

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      TheGreat

      February 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      do your research Belfort has never been popped using steroids, he tested positive for a type of anabolic because his Dr in Brazil injected him with out him knowing on his leg to recover faster , they do that in the US too all the time, it helps on injuries , when he tested positive Belfort had no idea until his Dr told him then the Dr explain that to the athletic commission but they still deny him the license for not letting them know before, but he did not know at the end he got fine and suspended .

      That's about it, he came back and kick ass as always clean like he always does, now he KO Bisping and the excuse of TRT has Bisping nuthuggin fans going crazy like it had anything to do with the fact that Belfort is a high level fighter while Bisping is a build up can mid level fighter created by Dana White to gain UK fans for Business purposes.

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    Evan Holober

    February 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Logical, responsible, and down right good to hear.

    Don't agree with his view on certain things, like his view on a few losses he has from the past, but I'll be rooting for him against Belcher.

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    gm1

    February 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Get ready…everyone will be going to their doctor for TRT……

    It will be more widely used….

    Belcher is nothing anymore after losing to Okami….

    Bisping needs to fight a top 3 guys before being considered for anything…..every time he fights someone in the top tier, he loses……don't see him going for any title…..

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    LowkickDick

    February 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I wonder how Bisping feels about knees to the head of a downed opponent?

    There are lots of things we could crucify fighters for like Aldo's grabbing the fence in order to prevent getting taken down in the Mendez fight. Or even Fedor's grabbing the ropes and gaining position in the Lindland fight that took place in Russia. This kind of stuff gives a very immediate and definite advantage, but is rarely meet with anything more than a verbal warning that seems to be forgotten very quickly.

    Regardless of Vitor's past he is following the rules now.

    Let's move on.

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    Brian Cox

    February 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Diplomatic answer, which is what I expected and which is part of the reason why I've grown to like Michael, so much.

    Look, when The Boss does a presser and the subject of Belfort, his TRT levels and a post fight, positive drug test come up and The Boss laughs it off…there's no point in bitching. Oh, how Michael has grown.

    Good for him that he realizes, that if The Commissions allow it and it's disclosed to The Ownership, then…damn son, there's nothing you can do and leave it up to your fan base to argue the point for you, online.

    I'm a Belfort fan and I can live with the exemption. However, what irks me, disappoints me, not only as a Belfort fan, but as a Bisping fan as well, is that my (other) boy didn't have the advantage of knowledge of his opponents waiver, when his opponent not only had knowledge of it, but "sanctioned" use of it. Not cool in my book. Bisping should have been told. I have no idea as to whether or not it might have helped him, but that's not really the point, he had the "right-to-know" in, what-was-supposed-to-be, a fair fight.
    It was just bad form, all the-way-round, on everyone's behalf other than Michael's.

    There is supposed to be a thing called "Honor" in our sport, either inferred, implied or by statute and to me, Bisping was, has been, treated dishonorably in this instance. The sad part is, it's not just Belfort whose guilty of it. For it is, quite literally, a conspiracy of dishonor, here. The UFC management and The Commissions, IMO, are duty bound to inform fighters when their opponent is on a sanctioned, otherwise illegal, treatment or substance. Fair, is fair.

    Bisping has a point.

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    Entity

    February 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    With MMA media, we knew they would ask him and expect a rant, or at least try to instigate one. Good on Bisping. I used to really dislike him, but he's changed a lot from the old days.

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    Michael1985

    February 9, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Any form of TRT should be banned!! I really dont see the diff btw PED and TRT!! they are both NOT natural TRT may not enhance but still help the fiter

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      TheGreat

      February 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      in that case creatine and protein shake should be banned as well , they are not natural since are body are not producing it since we are taking it from something else hu?
      don't be a fool TRN stands for Testosterone Replacement , meaning replacing the testosterone you know that male hormon hour body produces but stops after certain age ( around 30's) what it does is only replacing the testosterone , if that's unfair then Bisping being younger should also be unfair , if you look at it with that dumb point of view

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    GianGiacommo G

    February 9, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Well said Michael,not making any type of excuses and taking responsibility for your defeat,good statement,do not COUNT Bisping out!

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    Rindy

    February 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Any form of TRT should be banned, as for Vitor Belfort being one of the best fighter he's a far cry from it. i won't state my opinion of him because it's not good and I haven't missed one ufc fight since the begining

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    mmauk

    February 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Very weird too see positive comments on Bisping, it's becoming more and more common too. Anyone who has been a member for 5 years will know exactly what I mean.

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    Jack N. Meoff

    February 10, 2013 at 4:18 am

    O M G f*cking people….realize some sh*t.

    If you are a fighter who has tested low levels of testosterone, regardless of all the speculation of how or why that is, you can be legally prescribed TRT.

    It is regulated and it is legal as such. This applies to all fighters. No one is exempt if their levels are low and they are prescribed and do it legally. NO UNFAIR ADVANTAGE. MOVE ON, GROW A BRAIN AND MOVE ON.

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      azzkika

      February 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

      You miss the point. TRT users are ex steroid users and looking at Belfort's condition to say there's no unfair advantage is pure bullshit.

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        azzkika

        February 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

        You either fight natural or don't fight at all. All this legal prescription of banned substances only dilutes the issue and gives cheating fucks like Sonnen and Belfort another crack at continuing as cheats who should have been banned.

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    Jack N. Meoff

    February 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

    <STRIKE>exempt</STRIKE> *excluded

    haha…got carried away with my rant

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    VERMELHO

    February 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Bisping is like an angry parent towards their child, " I'm not angry with you Vitor Vieira Belfort….I'm just disappointed" hah

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    VERMELHO

    February 10, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The main issue with TRT/ Steroids, any form of synthetic by-product is all the stigma and taboo surrounding its function and use. Due to these reasons the effects, levels and many other factors are unknown. The tests done are rather primitive and not really conclusive by any means.

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