UFC president Dana White refuses to allow Cris “Cyborg” Justino into the octagon because he considers her a steroid abuser after failing just one drug test in 14 professional fights. Vitor Belfort (pictured), on the other hand, is one win away from challenging for the UFC middleweight title after flunking his second drug screening in eight years due to elevated levels of testosterone.
Belfort finally came clean Friday by admitting he flunked February’s random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Because “The Phenom” isn’t currently licensed by the NSAC, the results from that exam had remained top secret until today.
The UFC, who presumptuously assigned Belfort to Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, has just issued a statement in support of the controversial slugger.
“The UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process,” the UFC’s official statement read. “Pending Commission approval, we look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.”
Belfort claims he was still under testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) when he submitted the random drug test. The 37-year-old says he took the amount of TRT suggested by his doctor the day prior to the screening.
Belfort is slated to stand before the NSAC on June 17 to apply for a license to meet Sonnen. That might prove to be a tougher task than fighting Sonnen.