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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