What does Vitor Belfort (pictured) have on the UFC? Despite flunking February’s random drug test for elevated levels of testosterone, which essentially allowed Lyoto Machida to jump in front of him for a crack at UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, Befort remains the division’s top contender.
Not only that, UFC president Dana White revealed Friday that he’s open to sending Weidman, who dons the hardware, to Belfort’s backyard when the fight comes to fruition.
“It doesn’t have to take place in Nevada,” White said of the highly-anticipated showdown. “That fight would be big in Brazil, too. I would do it Brazil. As long as the commission clears [Belfort]. Yeah, we’d want the okay from Nevada, and if Nevada was cool with it, I’d do it in Brazil.”
The UFC has been accused of hiding Belfort out in Brazil for his past three fights because it is perceived the country’s inexperienced athletic commission isn’t as strict on their drug testing as in America. Belfort has been fueled by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for the past couple of years, but now that the controversial treatment is banned, the 37-year-old needs to find a way to compete without it.
The concern is, if Belfort’s all the way over in Brazil, it would be tougher to keep tabs on him doing so legally.
“Where are we going to go, New York?” White asked. “Do you know how big that fight would be in Brazil? Huge. That fight would be big in Brazil. That would be a big stadium. We’d sell out there, and it’d be a big fight.”
Belfort is slated to stand before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on July 23 to apply for a license. They will not only take into consideration how he’s adjusted to life without TRT since it was banished in February, but the fact he has flunked two of their drug screenings in eight years (2006 and 2014).