Marcio Tannure, a medical director with the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, says that Vitor Belfort is cleared to compete in the country. Belfort has stated in recent interviews that he has worked his way off testosterone replacement therapy, a drug banned by both the UFC and the Nevada Athletic Commission.
“He can fight here, no problem, but can’t use TRT,” Tannure told MMAFighting.com. “Since he doesn’t have a license to use TRT anymore, he would be tested like any other fight.
“Every commission has its standards. I don’t know which test he did and what was the result, so I can’t talk about it.”
Belfort (24-10) was given a surprise drug test when he arrived in Nevada. The results of that test have yet to be released, but he was removed from a planned fight with Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title soon after. “The Phenom” insists he will be able to fight, and was even pushing for his shot at the belt over Lyoto Machida.
Back in 2006 while competing for PRIDE, Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following a loss to Dan Henderson. That fight took place in Las Vegas, which has allowed many to speculate that obtaining his license to compete in the state could be an issue.
“Every time a fighter that tested positive in the past applies for a license in Nevada, (he) is tested again,” Tannure said. “We will adopt that here as well. This is an interesting criteria and we will also do it, but (Belfort) never tested positive here.”