Vitor Belfort is currently off Testosterone Replacement Therapy and fights Chris Weidman for the middleweight championship at UFC 181 on Dec 6. Belfort appeared recently on The MMA Hour, and said the lack of TRT will not stand in his way.
"I’m strong," said Belfort as transcribed by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting.com. "I’m ready to take what’s mine. December 6.
"I’m like an animal. TRT doesn’t give you spinning kicks, uppercuts. You can put TRT in your body. Look all those guys that were on TRT, they didn’t have good performances. Why? That’s the question."
"First of all, I didn’t have any illegal substances in my body. Nothing was wrong. Everybody knew I was in TRT. Nevada knew it. I could have denied (to do the random test) because I wasn’t licensed back then and they asked me to do it. People made it become a big issue. I’m glad it’s no more.
"People talked that I was this and that, (saying that) I was on steroids. I wasn’t on steroids, I was doing TRT. I had no illegal substances in my body. I was clear. I opened all my tests. I used to do tests every week to see how my levels were. When you’re true to yourself and don’t try to cheat the system.
"A lot of guys, they just talk. I deal in a true way, open up my personal things. When you’re in treatment, your ratio goes outside and it became a big issue. I wasn’t cheating at all. I spent a lot of money in testing myself. It is what it is. It’s gone. No more TRT. Now, it’s TNT."
Host Ariel Helwani asked Belfort is he needs to win to prove that the unprecedented three head kick KOs weren't just the result of TRT.
"You’re using the wrong word, Ariel," said Belfort. "It’s not I have to, it’s I want to. When you transform you have to want you, your life is transformed and everything seems different. I cannot control the outcome, the crowd, the UFC, the commission, test, anything. The only thing I can control is my decisions.
"I want to. I don’t have anything to prove. I am who I am. Nobody can change that. Only you can change you. That’s how Vitor Belfort gets things done."
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