There’s just something that doesn’t jibe right to me when Dan Henderson – one of the original purveyors of testosterone replacement therapy - talks shit about Vitor Belfort, whose own use of TRT isn’t socially accepted because fuck that guy.
“It doesn’t bother me, it is what it is,” Henderson told MMAFighting.com Wednesday. “That’s an issue with the commission. I beat him the first time when he was on steroids, I suppose it won’t make a difference.”
Some fans claim that the UFC is hiding “The Phenom” in Brazil so that he can keep using the therapy, and Henderson agrees with that theory.
“He’s a star here too, but I think is primarily because of the TRT issue,” he said. “He wouldn’t be able to get that here because he tested positive the first time I fought him. They won’t give him an exemption for that.”
Henderson will apply for an exemption (TUE) for his next fight, and he’s confident “there won’t be any issues.”
“I don’t take that much and I’m always testing myself during camps even when I’m not required because people accuse me,” he said. “My levels are always normal.”
Dana White has implied that Vitor is also getting tested and one assumes his levels are adding up too because there hasn’t been a big scandal over it. Yes, implications and assumptions are what we’re stuck with here – oh where art thou, age of transparency? Maybe that’s another reason why people are so anti-Vitor nowadays. He duck dodged dipped and dived on TRT questions until it was finally revealed that yes he was on the sauce, and then he basically snapped and threatened a reporter who asked him questions about it.
And of course, there’s the fact that he’s ripped to the gills and even his muscles have muscles on them. Will he magically balloon up even more for this 205 pound fight against Dan Henderson? One would hope that he’d have the common sense not to make his TRT use any more of a mockery, but this is the same Vitor Belfort who was okay letting people watch him lick his wife’s feet. Shameless may not be the word for it, but I bet the thesaurus can get you to the right one in a jump or two.
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