UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort has been a chief target when it comes to those critical of testosterone replacement therapy. The 36-year old subscribes to the controversial practice despite having been popped in the past for performance enhancing drugs, leading many fans (and fighters) to point to “The Phenom” of an example of what’s wrong with MMA.
Belfort addressed the matter this week on The MMA Hour where his annoyance was evident.
“Everything is normal. My ranges are even lower than the normal. I did everything I should do,” said Belfort of his frustration. “Why don’t we talk about people that do TRT and they lose in the first round? Because, you know, TRT doesn’t win fights, man. It doesn’t win fights. Look at Chael Sonnen. He’s on TRT and he lost fights in the first, second round. It’s not going to win fights. You’ve got to have skills to win fights.”
“A lot of guys are on it,” he continued. “I think they should release everyone who’s on it, because that would bring more legitimacy to the sport and the UFC doing the right thing and testing people. I think we’re on the right path, and if you lose, just accept it, man. Everyone has an excuse.”
The 22-10 Belfort’s next match-up is set to take place in a matter of weeks at UFC on FX 8 where he’ll face Luke Rockhold. Like others, Rockhold has had harsh words for Belfort based on TRT use, adding another intriguing dynamic to an already interesting bout.
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