The Nevada Athletic Commission recently received praise for acknowledging the regulatory board would be unlikely to approve Vitor Belfort’s need for Testosterone Replacement Therapy based on his past association with performance enhancing drugs. As such, it’s probably not a coincidence Belfort hasn’t fought in Las Vegas since 2006 when he tested positive for an elevated level of testosterone and was subsequently suspended.
Middleweight Luke Rockhold, who faces Belfort in less than two weeks at UFC on FX 8, has taken note of the matter in addition to the fact “The Phenom” will be battling in Brazil – where oversight isn’t as established – for the fourth time in his last six scraps. He spoke about the situation to MMAJunkie where he admitted mild aggravation and called for a universal set of standards relating to drug policy.
“I think Nevada should be the standard for all over the world. I don’t think it should vary from state to state and country to country. I think if it’s OK there, it’s OK everywhere, and I think there should be more testing,” said Rockhold, adding he’d also down to do blood testing if required.
“It pisses me off a little bit that (Brazil) is the only place that he’s fighting, and I think he needs to be dealt with,” the 28-year old continued, ending things on a positive note. “I’m excited about going to Brazil. I’ve got a free trip. I get to get paid, and I get to kick someone’s ass.”
Belfort has been outspoken as of late regarding his need to use TRT based on his doctor’s advice. He has not failed any drug tests since his stumble more than six years ago.
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