White: Vitor Belfort unjustly beat down over TRT

 

At the UFC 161 post fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White was asked about Vitor Belfort extraordinary wheel kick KO of Luke Rockhold being overshadowed by discussion of the Belfort's use of sanctioned Testosterone Replacement Therapy. White further addressed fan chatter that the promotion was "vommission shopping" and avoiding North American ACs that would prohibit Belfort from using TRT.

"I think that Vitor has been unjustly beat down for the TRT thing," said White. "I agree with what Luke Rockhold said 'TRT didn't spinning kick me in the head.' It was a great move. You have got to be talented to land that kick the way he did, and Vitor's been working hard.

"The one thing  - you guys know how I feel about TRT - but he's done everything the right way and been within the limits he's supposed to be in."

An interviewer then suggested that the matter might be put to rest if Belfort fought in the USA, and had his TRT okayed by a North American Athletic Commission.

"He will end up fighting in the States," said White. "He's been fighting in Brazil because he does well in Brazil. There's no conspiracy.

"First of all, have we ever done anything slimy - seriously - in 13 years? Like, 'Let's keep him in Brazil so nobody…' I f---ing hate unfair people who cheat, putting guys in a position where they're at a disadvantage. I hate that stuff. I want fights to happen evenly, and for the best guy to win, and that's why I was so pissed off about the TRT thing, because I felt like people were cheating. Felt like people are getting jacked up during their training.

"One guy's fighting on his natural abilities, the other guy's getting jacked up, he recovers faster, he's stronger, he's more explosive. He has a much better training camp than the guy who's natural. And then he gets his levels back down before the fight. That's what was pissing me off."

"I would never, and Lorenzo would never put a guy down in Brazil because we think he'll pass down there and won't pass somewhere else," he said. "And the guys that regulate Brazil are the same f---ing guys who pulled Gustafsson out of the fight for the cut. Same guys. And it's not like I was a big fan of their decision in Holland. So it's not like they're doing me any favors or we have some yahoo buddy-buddy relationship like the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

(28:58 mark)

Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie

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Pitbull3744 site profile image  

6/19/13 7:43 PM by Pitbull3744

I would just like to say I wish steroids were fully legal.But their not :(TRT is!But lets just be real Vitor is juicing not on a small dose of test.

orcus site profile image  

6/19/13 7:41 PM by orcus

Nah

Jons Forsberg site profile image  

6/19/13 7:38 PM by Jons Forsberg

are you a vegan roider orcus?

Jack Carter site profile image  

6/19/13 7:33 PM by Jack Carter

Orcus is still defending his personal  use of roids by defending Vitor's use of it?

orcus site profile image  

6/19/13 7:10 PM by orcus

Which of those definitions applies to Belfort's use of TRT?

bhealthy site profile image  

6/19/13 6:15 PM by bhealthy

i think everyone gets it but orcus

I AM A MOFO site profile image  

6/19/13 6:08 PM by I AM A MOFO

Solid point/question, though I don't think it's a 100% fair comparison either, I see what you're saying.I'd have to go with no, those shouldn't be his only options (though I wouldn't be overflowing with sympathy if they were). I would think he should be punished, but not stripped of his entire career or left to live his entire life in pain over doing something stupid in a fight. Just suspended for a year and given another chance, but with low tolerance for sketchy incidents along the same lines.Can't say that incident should fuck up the rest of his life though, imo.But then I also can't say it wouldn't be fair to be more suspicious of him than other guys who land an "accidental" shot to the groin either. He may have served his punishment, but he earned that suspicion too.As you can tell I have no strong stance on this either way, but guess I'd land on your side on the fence if I had to pick (largely due to that question, lol).

armbarseverywhere site profile image  

6/19/13 6:00 PM by armbarseverywhere

Retire and get it fixed.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

6/19/13 5:59 PM by JimmersonzGlove

a little horse meat never hurt no one