Belfort can 'fight no problem', in Brazil

 

Early this year Vitor Belfort finally got the title shot he had long campaigned for vs. UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. However, "The Phenom" was administered a surprise, out-of-competition test by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Shortly thereafter he declined to apply for a license, citing the new policy banning Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

The title shot went instead to Lyoto Machida. The fight was delayed due to surgery Weidman needed, and will finally take place at UFC 175 on July 5.

The results of the medical test are known to Belfort, to the UFC, and of course to the NSAC, but no party has ever said what was found. Until Belfort applies for a license to fight, they will remain private.

Belfort's attorney has said that the fighter was at the time of the test receiving TRT under the care of an MD. However, NSAC guidelines require that a fighter who applies for a Therapeutic Use Exemption for TRT not be doing it at the time.

UFC president Dana White said unequivocally last month that Belfort needs to get his NSAC licensing issues fixed.

"He's gotta solve his problems with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and when he does that, we'll figure it out," said White. "He's got a lot of work to do."

Guilherme Cruz spoke Dr. Marcio Tannure, medical director for Brazil's MMA athletic commission, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). Dr. Tannure said Belfort can apply for a license normally.

"He can fight here, no problem, but he can’t use TRT," Dr. Marcio Tannure told MMAFighting.com. "Since he doesn’t have a license to use TRT anymore, he would be tested like any other fighter."

"As far as license with (CABMMA), he would be able to fight no problem. He would be tested like any other fighter. If he failed any test, he would be suspended like any other regular fighter."

"Every commission has its standard. I don’t know which test he did and what was the result, so I can’t talk about it and which criteria they’re considering in his case."

"Every time a fighter that tested positive in the past applies for a license in Nevada is tested again, and we will adopt that here as well. This is an interesting criteria, and we will also do it, but he never tested positive here."

While lower tier fighters can commission shop, and apply for a license to fight in one jurisdiction, knowing that they could not get licensed in another, the UFC has a strict policy against the practice.

In order for Vitor Belfort to fight, he is going to have to deal with the problems that remain in Nevada, regardless of what other commissions might license him.

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Sean Thompson site profile image  

5/10/14 3:03 PM by Sean Thompson

that's exactly my question right now. Whats the hold up?

dubate site profile image  

5/8/14 9:59 PM by dubate

So it's somehow better that every single MMA news outlet had a headline that Vitor "suspiciously" withdraws from the title fight he had been asking to get for the past 3 years? Since the UFC won't allow him to fight anywhere until he clears up his issues with Nevada it's all going to come out. His contract can't expire if he is turning down fights and since he was going to fight in Vegas, there is clearly no language in his contract that prohibits them from offering him fights outside of Brazil. He is either going to have to retire or apply for the license and then everything will be released as part of the public record.

orcus site profile image  

5/8/14 9:15 PM by orcus

Does that mean it wouldn't be used everywhere? Which would get more clicks, "Surprise test confirms Vitor is on TRT" or "Vitor fails surprise drug test"?

dubate site profile image  

5/8/14 9:14 PM by dubate

Ok so you don't think that he failed any test. You're saying that the reason he pulled out of the fight was because he knew he couldn't pass the drug test with the TRT he was taking. If that is the case, and he has now gotten it all out of his system, then all he has to do is file for a license and fight. So what's his holdup?

dubate site profile image  

5/8/14 9:11 PM by dubate

Failing a test for something that you have told everyone that take doesn't merit that headline.

Sean Thompson site profile image  

5/8/14 8:51 PM by Sean Thompson

well if your implying that brazil was his hiding spot then UFC has been complicit in helping hide him in brazil and they are guilty for their part also. This scandal isn't one sided and if there is blame I don't see how Vitor is the only one to blame

orcus site profile image  

5/8/14 8:37 PM by orcus

"It was no secret that Vitor was on TRT, everyone knew, so if that's all the test said, why wouldn't he release that info?"Because he didn't want every site in the world blaring the headline "Vitor fails surprise drug test". No matter what the reason was.

fingerbanger site profile image  

5/8/14 8:32 PM by fingerbanger

this guy!!! so funny! when was he ever not clear to fight somewhere other than brazill?

Sean Thompson site profile image  

5/8/14 8:20 PM by Sean Thompson

"I'm not sure what you are saying here, if the Pennsylvania AC suspends you for failing a drug test, Nevada won't license you to fight. Are you referring to a specific incident?"Correct but to my knowledge he is not currently suspended by any commission. He pulled out of title fight because over night TRT became banned and so naturally he now had to get the Test out of his system. Basically saying on Tuesday it was legal on Wednesday it was banned. So he had to back out of the fight and let the remaining Test run its course. He was fighting within the rules as of Tuesday rules changes so he had to take off to comply to the new rules.He claims he is now clean, so if he is in fact clean why should he be subject to suspension? IF that's the case UFC should be fined for knowingly letting people fight on TRT. People have a short time in this sport we get to see one of the last remaining pioneers still competing at the top level of the sport. Shelving him for BS is crazy I for one want to see him back in there ASAP. If NSAC tests him now and he pisses hot then Suspend him for sure indefinitely if they want. But if he is clean get that fucker licensed and back in the cage before father time catches up with him

dubate site profile image  

5/8/14 7:50 PM by dubate

When Vitor's lawyer (Tabachnick) was asked by Yahoo Sports if Vitor failed his test due to TRT, he deflected and didn't answer.Tabachnick: The test is not relevant as Vitor is not applying for a license to fight in Nevada at this time. If the reason was TRT he would have stated that at the time of the test TRT was legal and although Vitor hadn't applied for an exemption yet he was in the process of doing so. Then they would have appealed the resulting suspension. It was no secret that Vitor was on TRT, everyone knew, so if that's all the test said, why wouldn't he release that info?