Vitor Belfort slips questions about TRT

 

ESPN's Brett Okamoto sat down with Vitor Belfort ahead of The Phenom's fight with Michael Bisping on Jan. 19 at a UFC on FX event in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Brett Okamoto: You’ve said you feel the best you’ve ever felt. You’ve been fighting professionally since 1996. Where in your career do you think you’re at?

Vitor Belfort: In my mind, when I’m 40, we’ll see how my body feels. That’s five good years in front of me. I’m open. I’m just doing my best. My wife will tell me the truth. She’ll be the first one. I believe even Lorenzo will tell me to stop. The UFC is so nice to its fighters. They never abuse fighters. They could have made money off fighters who have retired, so I think I’m in good hands.

BO: Some fighters in their 30s have been diagnosed with low testosterone levels and received exemptions to use testosterone replacement therapy [TRT]. Have you ever applied for TRT or would you consider it?

VB: If a question is private, I have the choice to answer or not. If I make it public, it’s not private anymore. If I want to say something private I will say it, but I keep to myself and I respect the laws of the sport. Whatever the organization, whatever the law -- they know what to do. This is too controversial, why am I going to say something that doesn’t accomplish anything? If it’s legal, they know what to do. If it’s legal, there’s nothing to say about it. It’s legal.

BO: As you mention, TRT is legal for fighters who qualify for it. Do you believe it’s getting a bad image in the sport? Fans are too quick to judge fighters who use it?

VB: It’s hard. Like, you’re either a Republican or Democrat. Who is right? I think it’s this: The truth is always in the middle. Of course, some things are non-negotiable. I think in life, you just need to find a balance. That’s the problem with the rule, is that everyone is so radical. That’s my opinion. I’m very faithful to the things I believe in and I’m working on myself. I don’t like to judge. When you judge people, it sounds like you are God. We live in a freedom country. It is what it is.

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3rdLion site profile image  

1/10/13 8:10 PM by 3rdLion

Here we go, Palhares just got popped, Vitor will be hoping he has got his cycle right.

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1/10/13 8:10 PM by 3rdLion

Here we go, Palhares just got popped, Vitor will be hoping he has got his cycle right.

Chimp Strength site profile image  

1/10/13 10:20 AM by Chimp Strength

I wouldn't like to make a sweeping statement that people shouldn't be allowed to take TRT, but I'm certainly against a guy who should be in the twilight of his career taking it to prolong his competitiveness or someone who has wrecked their body through juicing.  I'm also against people taking illegal testostrone suppliments.  I think half of the problem is that the UFC probably fear what would happen to their sport if people were caught out.  I'm not sure what to think when people like Stun Gun come out with figures like 80% as they never provide any proof and I have no idea on a personal level.

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1/10/13 10:20 AM by Chimp Strength

I wouldn't like to make a sweeping statement that people shouldn't be allowed to take TRT, but I'm certainly against a guy who should be in the twilight of his career taking it to prolong his competitiveness or someone who has wrecked their body through juicing.  I'm also against people taking illegal testostrone suppliments.  I think half of the problem is that the UFC probably fear what would happen to their sport if people were caught out.  I'm not sure what to think when people like Stun Gun come out with figures like 80% as they never provide any proof and I have no idea on a personal level.

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1/10/13 10:08 AM by Lazer MMA

Well that is VERY true about that definition to start with as far as I know. Further I believe that all TRT exempt fighters should need to test within 'normal human ranges' (not 6:1) and must be RANDOM TESTED as well; however, we'd ALL BE CHUMPS to not see that across the board random testing needs to be implemented. The 'REAL JUICE' (again which we're told time and again by fighters that 80 percent of the roster is using it) is how a body like a Reem's is even possible to create within such a short time period. It is a MUCH LARGER issue Chimp in whole. Basically, I'm tired of some guys following the rules getting shit on constantly when most all others are on stronger shit and the UG ignores them! That F'IN logic is from hunger!

Lazer MMA site profile image  

1/10/13 10:08 AM by Lazer MMA

Well that is VERY true about that definition to start with as far as I know. Further I believe that all TRT exempt fighters should need to test within 'normal human ranges' (not 6:1) and must be RANDOM TESTED as well; however, we'd ALL BE CHUMPS to not see that across the board random testing needs to be implemented. The 'REAL JUICE' (again which we're told time and again by fighters that 80 percent of the roster is using it) is how a body like a Reem's is even possible to create within such a short time period. It is a MUCH LARGER issue Chimp in whole. Basically, I'm tired of some guys following the rules getting shit on constantly when most all others are on stronger shit and the UG ignores them! That F'IN logic is from hunger!

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1/10/13 9:53 AM by Chimp Strength

How am I ignoring the facts?  Is it not a fact that the acceptable ratio varies from athletic commission to athletic commission?  Yes it's true that there are fighters such as Hendo that are regulalrly tested to check their levels but, I have never seen a definition of 'normal' provided by these fighters, please point me in the right direction if you have a source for their definition as otherwise I can assume that you cannot say for certain what they mean by it.  I have made the assumption that to them 'normal' is within the regulated level which can be as high as 6:1.  So if you have an athlete training with a level as high as 6:1 then they are gaining an advantage over your average person with a 1:1 ratio.  The number of athletes that are 'juicing' is a separate issue.  So, to reiterate the point, what facts am I ignoring exactly?  Bearing in mind what I have just written to explain my position.

Chimp Strength site profile image  

1/10/13 9:53 AM by Chimp Strength

How am I ignoring the facts?  Is it not a fact that the acceptable ratio varies from athletic commission to athletic commission?  Yes it's true that there are fighters such as Hendo that are regulalrly tested to check their levels but, I have never seen a definition of 'normal' provided by these fighters, please point me in the right direction if you have a source for their definition as otherwise I can assume that you cannot say for certain what they mean by it.  I have made the assumption that to them 'normal' is within the regulated level which can be as high as 6:1.  So if you have an athlete training with a level as high as 6:1 then they are gaining an advantage over your average person with a 1:1 ratio.  The number of athletes that are 'juicing' is a separate issue.  So, to reiterate the point, what facts am I ignoring exactly?  Bearing in mind what I have just written to explain my position.

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1/10/13 9:52 AM by ortman166

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1/10/13 9:52 AM by ortman166

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