MMA News

Weidman Not a Fan of Belfort’s TRT Usage




UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has confirmed that middleweight champion Chris Weidman will make his next title defense against Vitor Belfort in Las Vegas, according to a report from ESPN. The fight would take place in May or June 2014.

Fertitta’s words came after UFC president Dana White said that 2013 MMA Fighter of the Year nominee Vitor Belfort would be the next challenger for middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s title.

Weidman told MMA Junkie that he’s happy with Belfort as his next opponent, but isn’t a fan of his TRT usage.

“I’m happy about (fighting in Las Vegas),” Weidman said. “(Belfort) fought in Brazil now for the last two years, and obviously, he looks like the Hulk now. He’s on TRT and he’s been caught cheating before for testosterone and I don’t know what else. For a guy who’s 36 years old to have a lot higher testosterone than me at 29 years old, and I’ve never taken anything, is really not fair. So I’m happy that I’ll be fighting in Vegas, and I hope they’ll do due diligence in testing him to make sure he’s not cheating.”

In 2006, Belfort failed a post-fight drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). In the following years, he would begin to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) to help him train and he has received therapeutic use exemption to use TRT in Brazil. But he has yet to receive one from the NSAC. Belfort has mostly fought in his native Brazil – in 2013 he fought there three times, where he is as big a draw – if not bigger – than Anderson Silva.

Some doubt resides whether the NSAC will allow Belfort to receive a TRT exemption, though they have approved them for many other fighters in the past.

Belfort is coming off three straight knockout wins against impressive opponents: Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping. His last two losses have come in title shots. Jon Jones defended his UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 by submitting in the fourth round. Belfort also lost to Anderson Silva in a shot for the middleweight championship

Weidman most recently defended his title to former champion Anderson Silva on December 28 at UFC 168, scoring a technical knockout just 1:16 into the second round, when the fight ended after Silva broke his leg while throwing a kick that was checked by Weidman.

About Staff

Chicago's MMA - The definitive place for Chicago MMA news, video, interviews, results and more.

Recommended for you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *