Vitor Belfort Reportedly Issued Drug Test By NSAC In Early February

After last week’s massive fallout surrounding the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to ban TRT from all MMA fights within the state, there are, not surprisingly, still a ton of pieces left to pick up. The ramifications of banning the highly controversial therapy will most likely take months or even years to figure out, but the immediate effects hit home when surging middleweight contender and TRT poster boy Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort was pulled out of his scheduled UFC 173 title bout against Chris Weidman.

News initially came that Belfort chose to withdraw, but “The Phenom” issued a statement that he was forced to back out and would return for a title shot against the winner of Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida.

Tonight, however, news came on “UFC Tonight” that Belfort was issued a drug test in early February, and Ariel Helwani speculated that the results of that test may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back concerning TRT in MMA:

Here’s one question that we still don’t have an answer to, On February 7, the Nevada State Athletic Commission approached Vitor Belfort, who was in Las Vegas at the time, to take a random drug test.

Now, Nevada has the results of that test; they got them early last week. UFC knows them, Vitor Belfort knows them. But because Vitor Belfort had yet to apply for a license to fight in Nevada later on this year against Chris Weidman, they are not at liberty to announce publically those results.

The only one who is able to do that is Vitor Belfort, and he has not done that. And I’m wondering if there’s a link between that drug test and this announcement by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to ban TRT; to say enough is enough.

Now, his lawyer tells me that the results right now are irrelevant. I would beg to differ, and I wonder; if he did pass the test, why not just tell everyone? Why not just come out there and say, “This has nothing to do with that.”

Until he does that, there are going to be a lot of questions about Vitor, and he might just be the face (unwillingly) of TRT right now in MMA.”

Indeed Belfort is the face of TRT in MMA, whether he likes it or not. But as a longtime user of TRT who once tested for T:E levels of over 16:1 after his first fight against Anderson Silva, UFC fighter and FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen spoke up about how hard it will be to adjust to life without TRT as a fighter earlier today.

On tonight’s show, Sonnen reiterated those thoughts after giving his opinion on how Belfort handled the situation, adding that he may have to retire from the sport if a suitable replacement for TRT isn’t found soon:

“As it relates to Vitor, I think this was a very genuine and sincere thing for him. Here’s a problem that I have: a fighter that said, seven days ago, “I need TRT, or I can’t do this,” and then all of the sudden goes, “Well, I’ll just stop TRT.”

I find that very disingenuous. For Vitor to say, “Look, they’ve changed the rules and I, for now, at least, need to take myself out. I am potentially in that same field. If this retires guys, then it retires guys.

The rules are the rules, and the rules have to be followed. I personally, I’m going through this myself where I’ve had to stop with testosterone with the hope that we can find a new way that we can gain the results of upping testosterone and staying at a healthy level.

If it doesn’t work, I may have to stop the sport. And it’s as simple as that.”

That’s quite the hard-hitting segment on TRT, and it’s a sort of epitaph for the oft-discussed therapy. The reality is Belfort was the scapegoat for its use because he was noticeably stronger when on the therapy, winning all three of his bouts in 2013 with emphatic head kicks while other aging fighters using it were getting blown out of the water.

And if Sonnen is having such a difficult time weaning off of TRT, then shouldn’t Belfort be having the same difficulties? He’s said it’s going to take him 90 days to get back to normal, and we’ll probably never know the results of his recent drug test in Las Vegas.

But did those results prompt the NSAC to stop dealing with TRT once and for all?


13 Comments

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    Zip

    March 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Sadly, before it's over, Vitor will be the Barry Bonds of MMA. Sure, a lot were using it, but he abused it.

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      David Saucier

      March 6, 2014 at 1:10 am

      I would imagine if Vitor has passed this test Vitor would of been holding hands with jesus on twitter proclaiming it.

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      Brian Cox

      March 6, 2014 at 1:20 am

      Zip, without us knowing who is on what and how much, when and all that, it's impossible to say that Belfort was abusing or certainly any more than anyone else.

      Also, if he had taken a shot that day or the day before, his levels are going to be higher than they would be several days later.

      The reality is that everyone knew he was on it and no one can claim to be shocked by the news. Subsequent to that, it's reasonable that he might fail one. This is the same thing that happened to Bigfoot in Australia. The promotion knew he was on TRT, his doctor told him to take the extra shot, he did, and a week later, his levels were still high enough to fail the test. VB could easily be in that category.

      Three drinks in an hour probably fails a breathalyzer, but two or three hours later, probably not. It's the same sort of deal with the test. If a fighter takes a sanctioned shot on Monday morning and the is tested that afternoon or thee following morning, it stands to reason that he'd fail the test.

      I think he's a scapegoat on this issue and he's got nothing to hang his head about.

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    Brian Cox

    March 6, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Vitor Belfort is also responsible for World War II, 911, the JFK assassination, the economic decline of North America, and the death of every puppy and cat that any distraught child has ever had the poor misfortune of losing.

    Simply put, he is a very bad and horrible man, one surrounded by an ocean of honorable and innocent men, none of whom are hypocrites or have ever profited from Belfort's evil ways.

    In other news…Dana White's snow delivery for Christmas of 2014 is set to be five times larger than last years. Rumor has it that Vitor Belfort plans on stopping by White's house and urinating, on the snow, with the intention of writing out the following phrase – 'Merry Christmas, Test this! Love Vitor Belfort.

    Given that the message is in English and Vitor doesn't communicate that well in the language, it'll be interesting to see how it all turns out.

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    TheXperience

    March 6, 2014 at 3:33 am

    TRT is now banned… its over and done with. The endless discussion about it is now totally senseless and the media outlets should really let this shit die off now, it's getting so old!!!

    Vitor saying he'll only need 90 days is a little ambitious though, as that is the absolute MIMINUM! Depending on how long you've been on TRT and how much you've been getting. It's actually 3 to 9 months, with for some even up to 18 months for their body to adapt. 1 thing's for sure, like chael said, it won't feel good! He will have to change his entire lifestyle. There are ways to naturally get those levels up a bit but it takes TIME and a lot of EFFORT! I hope he adjusts well and takes his time to do so…

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      falcon4917

      March 6, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Agreed.

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      IGMBurninPiff

      March 6, 2014 at 9:52 am

      TRT is banned and the discussion is over but this is related to when they banned it. I find it to be a great article. As pointed out if Belfort's levels weren't surging out of control when random tested would they have decided out of no where to ban it? If he passed it he sure would have been the 1rst to say it. Someone up there said oh if he just took a shot it would obviously be a little higher than the a few days later. Maybe it was so incredibly high that he should have never been close to it even if he'd taken 3 shots? Something happened out of no where to make them Ban it immediately. Sounds like we found it.

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