Belfort: 'I don’t care what people think, talk or say'

 

Vitor Belfort, 36, fights Dan Henderson Saturday at UFC Fight Night 32, live from Brazil on FOX Sports 1. A win would likely get him a shot at the winner of December 28's Weidman vs. Silva UFC 168 main event.

“I deserve it,” Belfort told ESPN. “I want the winner.”

However, with Lyoto Machida in the mix at 185, and loss would leave him far from a title shot.

“I don’t care what people think, talk or say," continued Belfort. "It doesn’t take my focus away. I do want to fight for and win the UFC title, but I don’t need to keep talking about it over and over."

Belfort also battles the perception that he is a cheater, as he regularly receives a Testosterone Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy from the regulating athletic commission.

However, critics charge that Belfort is avoiding fights in Las Vegas as the Nevada AC is unlikely to issue him a TUE, as he previously tested positive there for illegal PEDs. One common side effect of PED abuse is the body shutting down its natural production of testosterone, and the Nevada AC is loathe to fix a medical issue that could have been caused by breaking the rules.

“The critics are always going to be there,” said Belfort. “If you do it, they will say, ‘he cheated.’ What people don’t know is that we do good work.

“I was the only guy to do blood work. Now Dan Henderson has to go through blood work; it’s in our contract. All the fighters have to do blood work. With the blood work you can track if they use testosterone. We know some guys do it; they do things to cheat. My lab work is right there. My levels are right there, every week.”

“I’m not doing anything illegal. It’s a treatment. Actually, if I go without it I will be at a disadvantage. It will be like the other guy is on something and I’m not.

“If you have asthma you get treatment. If your have high blood pressure, you get treatment for it. This is my treatment. Everybody knows.”

“I’d love to fight in Las Vegas; I’ve fought in Canada. I love fighting in America, I have lots of fans here. I have just as many fans here in America as I have in Brazil. Of course I want to fight here, I live in America.”

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DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/8/13 7:15 PM by DoomFarmer

Vitor is going to TKO your hero, boys.Lots of ex-HS wrestlers are gonna be upset!"WE DID IT, MAMA!!!!!!"

choochgas site profile image  

11/8/13 6:24 PM by choochgas

Whether you think Vitor's TRT is legit or not (and I don't), I still don't see how the UFC can ever give him a title shot. How can the UFC actually risk having a champion who can't get licensed to fight in the US?

shaqitup site profile image  

11/8/13 3:17 PM by shaqitup

Or the UFC, you can't ask any hard questions at a press conference without Dana calling you an idiot. Vitor is one of their most marketable fighters, and i'm the sure UFc wouldn't appreciate any article or video that makes him look bad.

tenchu site profile image  

11/8/13 2:13 PM by tenchu

Right on bro, but most reporters are afraid to ask such pertinent questions in fear of receiving backlash from some fans the way Ariel Helwani does.

TRT Vitor Belfort site profile image  

11/8/13 12:59 PM by TRT Vitor Belfort

At the end of the day, his testosterone was at normal level when he ko'd bisping and Rockhold. Anyone who says, " let's see vitor beat them without it" are basically saying, let's see vitor beat them at a disadvantage. Sounds kinda lame dont it?

kungfugrip site profile image  

11/8/13 12:56 PM by kungfugrip

i look at Vitor as a true professional. He does whatever he thinks he is best for himself. It's all about the bottom line. Whatever helps him win

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

11/8/13 12:27 PM by Pitbull3744

I think it might be safe to say everyone is a fan of Vitor and always will be but his bullshit excuses and dancing around the real reason he is on TRT and only fighting in brazil is annoying to most.  

Pitbull3744 site profile image  

11/8/13 12:25 PM by Pitbull3744

Man no one ever fucking brings up the fact that he once tested positive for gear and thats why he wont get a TUE here, its so annoying.  Stupid reporters ask the same questions over and over.  ASK THE FUCKING HARD QUESTIONS!  Is everyone that afraid of asking vitor about his past steroid use and why he might need TRT now because of it?  I guess he knows people dont know shit about TRT and how easily it can be manipulated to make it look like he is doing the minimal amount.  

XD40GRIP site profile image  

11/8/13 12:04 PM by XD40GRIP

Vitor is a great fighter but I want Dan to smash him



 

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