The last time we saw Vitor Belfort was at UFC on FX 7 where he was celebrating his TKO win over Michael Bisping – by working the crowd into a violent frenzy. While many, including myself, found it mildly amusing that the Brit was once again on the receiving end of a devastating knockout blow, the talk of the event circulated around Belfort’s Blanka-esque physique coming into the fight.
We weren’t the only blokes to notice Belfort’s Street Fighter body type as Dana White gave Belfort the “what for” after watching his fight against Bisping. How could you blame the UFC president for doing so? Aside from using Bisping’s face as a soccer ball, Vitor garnered a lot of attention from the media, Bisping and the UFC president himself for using TRT and receiving a TUE for testosterone replacement – which I’m assuming the UFC granted considering the fight was in Brazil and the UFC acts as the regulating body when countries lack one of their own.
White has since changed his stance on TRT and TUEs by making it his personal mission to hunt down and destroy abusers of the system. “Coincidentally” the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director Keith Kizer came out this week proclaiming that past steroid and TRT abusers (specifically Vitor Belfort) will be asked to jump through more hoops than a Carni to receive a TUE moving forward – from NSAC – and will likely be denied.
“I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us,” Kizer told Bleacher Report. “I really don’t and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he’s trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that.”
Yet even the NSAC has some inconsistencies with their newly developed TUE policy as Kizer went on to speak glowingly of one Chael P. Sonnen and his “professionalism” when requesting a TUE from the commission – the same Sonnen that threw Kizer under the bus during his CSAC hearings a couple of years ago.
“He handled himself well and some people handle themselves well,” said Kizer. “Some guys are going to have to jump through some additional hoops, but even Chael wasn’t a prior steroid (user) that could have caused the deficiency like Vitor.”