Remember that random drug test the Nevada State Athletic Commission sprung on UFC middleweight top contender Vitor Belfort (pictured) at the MMA Awards in February, where the results have been kept under lock and key because Belfort isn’t licensed by the NSAC, but everyone assumed Belfort failed because most innocent men would scream to the high heavens in defense of themselves?
Yeah, about that…
As everyone and their mother suspected, Belfort was popped for elevated levels of testosterone. It marked the second time in eight years the NSAC caught “The Phenom” with high testosterone.
Belfort, a known testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) user, has always claimed his testosterone levels were within the permitted limits despite the assistance of the synthetic substance. However, on this occasion, when a surprise test was placed on him, his levels were excessive.
“As I always said I have nothing to hide from anyone. I am releasing my statement along with all my privates test results. Looking forward to get my license in Nevada and fight in July. Thank you all!” Belfort posted on Instagram along with the following statement:
“In anticipation for my hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), I want to address questions concerning a drug test I took back on February 7, 2014, that was requested by the NSAC.
At the time that test was taken, I was considering ﬁling for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from the NSAC. While I had not made formal application for a TUE, the NSAC nonetheless requested I take the test and I willingly complied. I further conﬁrmed to the NSAC, in writing, the widely known fact that I was then presently on TRT and had been for many years leading up to that test and that I had further taken the TRT dosage recommended by my doctors the day prior.
The results of the February 7, 2014, test indicated that my testosterone level was above the therapeutic range. While levels slightly outside the normal therapeutic range are not uncommon for some undergoing a TRT regimen, and my doctors immediately modiﬁed my therapy to return me to within the therapeutic range (as you can see the 22nd February test results was normal), I do want to acknowledge that the February 7, 2014 test indicated my level was above the range.
Since that February 7, 2014 test, I have taken several subsequent tests, in late February, March, April and May, and the results of each test indicate my levels were either normal or below normal. To avoid any ambiguity, I am releasing, along with this statement, the results of all the test noted above and will provide the same to NSCA for their consideration as part of my licensing application. I further welcome any additional testing that the NSAC deems appropriate and necessary with respect to being granted the privilege of a license to ﬁght here in the State of Nevada.
Shortly thereafter, on February 27, 2014, the NSAC banned all TRT and I stopped my TRT treatment that very same day. Now that I am applying for a license in Nevada, I don’t want any clouds hanging over my ability to compete and I understand it is my responsibility to prove to the NSAC that I have the requisite ﬁtness to be licensed in Nevada.
I truly appreciate and thank the Commission for considering my application, and I look forward to providing any information and answering any questions that the NSAC might have on June 17. And if the NSAC sees ﬁt to grant my application, I look forward to ﬁghting on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas and again proving that I am one of the best ﬁghters in the world.”
That’s awfully big of Belfort to come clean about his high testosterone levels now, roughly four months after the surprise screening. It’s not like it was going to become public knowledge when he stands before the NSAC on June 17 to apply for a license to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175.
Belfort has been out of action since knocking out Dan Henderson in November. While Belfort hasn’t been seen in six months doesn’t mean his name hasn’t been in the MMA headlines.
The Brazilian was initially slated to challenge middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173, but the promotion pulled Belfort from the bout immediately after the NSAC banned TRT in February.
Belfort had been vague regarding the results from the NSAC’s random drug test until today.