Kizer details licensing steps for Belfort in NV


Vitor Belfort, 36, has for the first time in UFC history won three fights in a row with head kicks. He will in all likelihood fight the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II for the UFC middleweight championship. There is regular chatter on the Internet that Belfort will not receive a title shot as he would not be able to be licensed in the promotion's home state of Nevada, because of his use of Testosterone Replacement Treatment. As steroid abuse is linked with diminished natural levels of testosterone, and as Belfort tested positive for PEDs in Nevada in 2006, the Nevada State Athletic Commission would undoubtedly give him a very hard look.

That said, the belief that Belfort cannot be licensed in Nevada is false. UFC president Dana White addressed the issue Saturday night at the UFN 32 post fight press conference.

"That's not true, that's completely not true," said White "There is no reason why Vitor Belfort can't fight in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the United States. Vitor Belfort has not been abusing TRT. In a million f---ing years I would never let that happen.

"Vitor could fight in the United States now. There's no reason why he couldn't fight in Las Vegas, no matter what Keith Kizer says. He should be allowed to fight in Las Vegas. It's ridiculous."

The rumors that it would be impossible for Belfort to be licensed are indeed ridiculous - the NSAC licensed Josh Barnett to fight, subject to a year-long, random testing regimen, and Barnett has tested positive on three occasions, to Belfort's one.

However, like Barnett and a number of others, Belfort would have to appear before the NSAC board, and face questioning and potential further requirements. Receiving a Testosterone Use Exemption could be problematic, but would be considered. NSAC executive director Keith Kizer explains. 

"Due to his past, Mr. Belfort would need to go before the Commission if he applies for a TRT TUE," Kizer told MMAFighting. "This is not anything new. (For example, I would not administratively grant Antonio Margarito a contestant's license so he had to appear before the full Commission -- likewise, Dave Herman.)

"The Commissioners could grant (with or without condition), deny, or take other action on any such application."

When asked about the scenario on Monday, Kizer responded that he couldn't say what the outcome would be for certain, and that any final verdict, "would be up to the five Commissioners."

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chokeyou site profile image  

11/12/13 3:00 PM by chokeyou

Kizer is such a POS. His need to be the center of attention undermines anything the NSAC may do to further the sport. The Governor of Nevada allowing this shame further illiterates the level of Nevada state corruption

MattyECB site profile image  

11/12/13 2:50 PM by MattyECB

Ya Sitchpak jumped the gun there, you definitely get penalized for fighting out-of-state while under sanction, and although the issue is independant of his acquiring a TUE, literally everything Belfort has done works against him in terms of presenting the profile of a clean user who needs TRT, obviously not for congenital hypogonadism, but as an aging fighter who might've sped up his andropause through competition....Of course all this feels silly to argue about, since likely no one, or at least virtually no one, gets a TRT TUE for the proper reasons lol It kind of becomes an accepted bullshit story, and the stance Comissions take is -- well, if you're too dumb to even pretend to need it fairly, we'll say no. Play our game and then it's all goodBut with the sway I imagine Dana has -- ACs are obviously independent of the UFC, but I have a hard time imagining BLAF gets no influence when trying to set up a money generating title fight in the AC's state -- I'm sure Vitor will get at least a license, probably a TUE as well

DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/12/13 2:46 PM by DoomFarmer

Give the man his TUE so we can keep seeing spectacular highlight reel KO's.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

11/12/13 2:04 PM by JimmersonzGlove

Kizer will fold.

MTH site profile image  

11/12/13 1:22 PM by MTH

No, he's right. Even though athletic commissions only oversee their own jurisdiction, their rules routinely penalize fighters who fight elsewhere in defiance of their bans or punishments by declining to license that fighter when he comes back seeking a fight in the original AC's jurisdiction. For example, say you were a pro fighter who peed hot in Nevada and Nevada suspended you for one year.  Three months later you need some cash, so you take a fight in China.  The Nevada commission wouldn't be able to stop you from fighting in China of course, but good luck getting licensed again in Nevada even after your one year suspension is up.  You'll need to appear before the commission to try to explain yourself, and they may deny you a license for fighting under their ban.  On top of that, most AC's in the States recognize each other's bans and penalties, so that suspension and denial by Nevada would pretty much cover all 50 states.  This is why fighting in another country when under a ban from a state-side AC pretty much relegates you to fighting on Indian reservations and in foreign countries until you get the original ban sorted out. 

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11/12/13 1:17 PM by MTH

I think everyone gets the distinction between obtaining a license and obtaining a TUE.  Dana and Kizer skirt around those terms when they're making statements, but we all get it.  Yes, Dana's right that Vitor can be licensed to fight in the States.  Yes, Kizer's right that it will probably be without a TUE.  BUT . . . I think there are more nuanced questions that deserve some thought.  Vitor is the only UFC fighter I'm aware of that is on a "lawful" TRT regimen outside of the States, but would probably be inelligible for it inside the States.  That creates some weirdness that usually doesn't exist with other fighters.  Other fighters generally either always get TUEs or never get TUEs.  If they routinely get TUEs (like Sonnen), then they are on TRT at all times, whether it be between fights, during camps, in the fights, etc.  If they never get TUEs, then they are never on and can never admit to using supplemental testosterone, whether between fights, for their camp, etc.  Belfort is in the weird place where he can freely admit to using "lawful" TRT every week right now, but if he's denied a TUE in Nevada (or never applies for a TUE) then he can't be on it for the fight.  So my question is what does that mean in terms of when he must stop using TRT for a fight in the States?  At the very least--unlike athletes who have never secured a TUE--he must be able to use it as prescribed right up until the NSAC denies his TUE request, right?  But what about after they deny him?  Must he stop using it the moment the TUE is denied, or does he simply have to test clean for synthetic T at fight time?  What if he doesn't apply for a TUE at all?  The answer to these questions may provide the most attractive options for all involved to resolve the matter with everybody "saving face."  For example, if the NSAC denies a TUE or if Belfort doesn't apply for one, he may just have to test clean at fight time.  That would make the absence of a TUE almost meaningless to Belfort, as he could still use TRT right up until the last two weeks or so of his camp, and both the NSAC and UFC get to look good by having Belfort fight in the States without any authorized testosterone use. To put it another way, it seems to me that since Belfort is an acknowledged and "lawful" TRT user outside of the States, his being denied (or not applying for) a TUE here in the States only matters insofar as he must not receive any TRT for the entirety of his training camp.  If all he has to do is test clean on fight time, then it's basically a non-issue.  Henderson in theory faced similar issues when he was off TRT for his recent fight, though nobody seemed to ask these questions too much.  I never heard when, exactly, Henderson stopped using TRT for that fight. 

sitchpack site profile image  

11/12/13 12:22 PM by sitchpack

NSAC does not oversee London,  and LOL @ trying to spin it that way. Fucking reaching right here. 

circa305 site profile image  

11/12/13 12:13 PM by circa305

Yea I heard Cormier say that at least 3x in the build up. Funny because the UG are the only people who care about it.

MagSlim site profile image  

11/12/13 11:40 AM by MagSlim

If they enforced their own rules, they would refuse a license to a fighter who defied their ban to fight under another jurisdiction. So when ViTRTor defied their ban and fought in London, the next time he came back to Vegas they should have denied him or sanctioned him. Unfortunately his next application was to fight Anderson for the belt, so the UFC exerted their influence and nothing happened. That was abnormal per their own rules. So to recap, he failed for steroids in Vegas, got suspended, ducked the suspension to fight abroad, was granted another license to fight Andy after all that, and now wants to use TRT in another title shot after failing for steroids under that very commission previously. Fuck that guy.

Team GDP site profile image  

11/12/13 11:23 AM by Team GDP

This 100%. A few days ago I thought no way. But it does seem like a change in stance from kizer.