Vitor Belfort (pictured) has discovered the fountain of youth, and the 36-year-old is chugging its fruitful juices by the boatload. After posting his third straight victory via some form of knockout, all taking place in his homeland of Brazil, Belfort was asked if he will finally be taking his talents back stateside.
Despite Belfort’s recent highlight reel finishes, there’s been a cloud hovering over his accomplishments because of his consumption of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Skeptics believe “The Phenom” is able to cut corners in Brazil – despite the presence of the newly-formed Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA, Brazil’s governing body – while obtaining a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) for TRT and licensure in America would be much more difficult, if not impossible.
Belfort and UFC president Dana White beg to differ.
“It’s easy, Chael Sonnen’s fighting in Las Vegas,” Belfort stated of obtaining a license in America after Saturday’s KO win over Dan Henderson. “We here, we do everything by the book. I’m just gonna take my blood right now, after [this press conference], so everything is good. We can get licensed, that’s no problem.”
Actually, Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer previously professed Belfort would never be granted a TUE for TRT by his committee because Belfort was suspended by the NSAC in 2006 for elevated levels of testosterone. A TRT-fueled Sonnen, who is slated to co-headline UFC 167 in Las Vegas in just six days, hasn’t flunked a test in the state.
Given that Las Vegas is considered the “fight capital of the world,” it is believe other state athletic commissions will follow their lead in handling Belfort. Still, White was emphatic that Belfort won’t have an issue getting licensed in the America.
“The people who want him to fight in the United States talk a lot of s***, don’t they? They talk s***, but they want to see Vitor in the United States,” White said. “Vitor can fight in the United States now. There’s no reason why he couldn’t fight in Las Vegas, no matter what Keith Kizer says. He should be allowed to fight in Las Vegas. It’s ridiculous.
“And as far as the rest of [America] goes, Vitor can fight anywhere in the U.S. But, he’s in Brazil, and you understand why he’s in Brazil.”
It has been reported Belfort began his use of TRT before his scrap with light heavyweight king Jon Jones at UFC 152. That bout took place in Canada. Since nearly submitting Jones in the opening round, only to get submitted himself in the fourth frame, Belfort has finished off Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Henderson in vicious fashion.