NSAC doctor will advise against Belfort TUE, chairman will consider it


Chris Weidman fights Vitor Belfort on Memorial Day or July 4th in Las Vegas. If Belfort wants a Therapeutic Use Exemption for his Testosterone Replacement Therapy, he will need to apply to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

However, Dr. Timothy Trainor, consulting physician to the NSAC, told "Outside the Lines" TUEsday he would advise the five-member commission against granting any fighter a TUE who previously tested positive for PEDs. In 2006, Belfort tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-Hydroxytestosertone.

"If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone has used PEDs in the past, they will not get an exemption,'' said Dr. Trainor. "No, no way.''

Dr. Trainor was asked specifically about Belfort.

"Well, it is going to get denied then," he said flatly. "If we know for sure he has used steroids in the past, it is going to get denied. ... We're not going to give people a free pass because they admitted they used steroids in the past.''

However, Dr. Trainor is not a voting member of the commission.

NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar said that a prior failed drug test is not an immediate disqualifier and that any request from Belfort would be heard and decided upon by the full five-member commission, with input from Trainor.

Aguilar said he would rely on information provided by the commission's medical doctor, but that he would enter any discussions with an open mind and also cognizant of the title fight's importance to Nevada and the reluctance to lose the potential payday to another state. "The economic development impact to the state could be huge,'' he said.

As point of fact, Aguilar said the UFC transferred to the state general fund almost $500,000 just in ticket sales and pay-per-view taxes from the Dec. 28 Weidman-Anderson Silva title fight. The tax figure from all fight cards last year was more than $5 million, he said. The estimated non-gaming impact to the venue hosting a boxing title fight (no figures are known for MMA) exceeds $11 million, according to Las Vegas convention officials.

"There are always people with an interest from the economic perspective, but we also have the obligation and duty to be regulators,'' Aguilar said.

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PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

1/29/14 4:21 PM by PeaceThroughStrength

It's actually not that complicated.Victor tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2006.Sonnen has never tested positive for anabolic steroids.See how easy that was.

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1/29/14 4:12 PM by orcus

"Adding exogenous compounds that one would never get through nature,"You never get testosterone naturally?You think all (legal) supplements are all-natural? Or should they be banned?"pushes your body outside of its physiological range and into a dangerous/pathological range is a very different story."How have you concluded that Vitor or any other TRT user has pushed into a dangerous/pathological range?"If you consider barbells as artificial enhancements,"We're talking about artificially enhancing your strength, right? Going into a gym and doing sets and reps of bench press sure seems to qualify imo." I mean protein is just an isolated form of something you'd get eating wheat or steak."Synthetic test is just an isolated form of something your body produces naturally.", is different because of the incredible room for abuse"Then we're talking about testing and standardized levels and not about whether merely "enhancing your strength" is fair or not."and becasue of the serious damage it causes to yourself"What serious damage does TRT of the levels allowed by the ACs and prescribed by doctors do to yourself?

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1/29/14 4:08 PM by FETT_GayFerPayNINJA

Dont misrepresent things. Chael's Dr. vlaims Chael has hypogonadism just like Vitor. Chael claimed he never went through puberty in his trial, which is clearly a bold faced lie. You dont compete in MMA and at olympic levels in wrestling with adolescent hypogonadism. He would be a scrawny pale nothing if that were true.

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1/29/14 3:46 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe

You are familiar with voting, correct?

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1/29/14 2:07 PM by The Winter Soldier

See ya all in Brasil! 

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1/29/14 2:02 PM by bruised

So, his hypogonadism isn't due to past steroids abuse? Right.

MattyECB site profile image  

1/29/14 2:01 PM by MattyECB

Also going to add, supplements like vitamins don't help you at all when you go above the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake). You either piss them out or they're fat soluble in which case you're a dumb fuck and are harming yourself. Same deal with minerals and really most supplements, I mean protein is just an isolated form of something you'd get eating wheat or steak.   Taking a synthetic form of testosterone designed to mimic your body's, or EPO, something you can get naturally but would usually be limited by your body's physiological response to hypoxia, is different because of the incredible room for abuse, and becasue of the serious damage it causes to yourself. Same with autologous blood transfusions or HGH, all very very different so unless your being a troll or facetious and simply trying to mock someone for using a vague term like artificial enhancement instead of PEDs, a more identifiable and commonly understood term, I'm not sure you're argument (both the royal you and the Orcus-you lol)    

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1/29/14 1:54 PM by BuckyGoldstein

not totally true. Vitor also has hypongoism

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1/29/14 1:51 PM by MattyECB

  Piss poor comparison, lifting barbells is an activity that lets your body carry out its normal physiological function and improve itself.     Same with an oxygen chamber.   Adding exogenous compounds that one would never get through nature,and that pushes your body outside of its physiological range and into a dangerous/pathological range is a very different story. But sure, there is room for interpretation... THAT'S THE ENTIRE REASON THERE'S A LIST OF BANNED SUBSTANCES A list that includes synthetic testosterone I might add. The problem isn't TRT, it's the fucking disgustingly piss poor TUE mechanism that's currently going on. I mean look at this article, the fucking physician is even saying no way in hell should Belfort be granted a TUE and he might still be granted a TUE lol Absolutely ridiculous   Edit: You must've been troling upon re-reading your message. If you consider barbells as artificial enhancements, you must also consider walking down the stairs or picking up a sandwich to eat an artificial enhancement lol But again, that really doesn't address the issue of the poor TUE mechanism or the fact that this interpretative issue has already been handled in the form of a banned list

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1/29/14 1:48 PM by MattyECB

Also, I love Chael and will support him either way, but let's not fucking pretend a man who had hypogonadism in his fucking youth would've been competing in the high level wrestling competitions Sonnen competed in.   That intial hearing of Sonnen's when all the TRT shit came out into the public's eye was a fucking fiasco and absolutely pathetic