Belfort on TRT: 'I have a God that turns bad into good'

 

Vitor Belfort opened up to MMAJunkie's John Morgan about his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

"The TRT is my private life, but it's become public, and it's now a big, big thing," said Belfort. "I believe that all the good things I'm doing, people kind of forget it and have a tendency to not pay attention or give credit for the way I'm winning fights, the way I'm working, the way I'm being an example for my Blackzilian teammates. I'm putting in the hard work, and I'm not done yet."

"So basically what TRT is for me is to not be at a disadvantage. People talk like it's a cheating process, but it's the opposite. Low testosterone is something that can cause serious health problems and even death. You can have problems, big problems, if it's untreated. So the treatment is for you to live longer and have a better life by having less health problems.

"People think TRT is about increased sex drive or performance-enhancement. It's not that. It's about life... It's just for me to have better health, a better life."

"For the fight with Rockhold, I did seven blood tests. I did one every week. I have records of all of them. Some of the results are even lower than they should be, and the doctor said, 'You should probably increase,' and I said, 'No, I don't want to get to a level that's bad for me.'

"I just want people to know that I have a conscience, and I wanted to have something, a record, that for the rest of my life people can know I was doing something right. I don't ever want to cheat."

"We live in a world where some people can't accept men with integrity succeeding. Just so people understand, taking testosterone doesn't give you an edge for any reason. If you take too much, it's actually going to mess up your system bad and cause the absolute opposite effects. People have a tendency to interpret things wrong. I understand that it's cheating when you do something that's not legal, but this isn't illegal.

"I believe the credit of my performance belongs to my work ethic. It's my will. It's the coaches that invest their time in me. It's my team. They sacrifice everything along with me. So it's a journey. It's the UFC. I encourage reporters to study my life, study my work ethic and what I've been doing a long time. Now I'm just maintaining that."

It is widely believed that Belfort needs TRT because of previous abuse of Performance Enhancing Drugs. Belfort was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2006, after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Belfort however says he is not a doctor, and remains uncertain.

"It's hard to describe the reason I need TRT," said Belfort. "I mean why does your body generate cancer? You eat properly, you do everything right, and you still generate cancer. I have an uncle who drinks a liter of whiskey a day, and he's 97 years old. So now you think if everybody drinks a liter of whiskey per day, they're going to live forever? No.

"Everybody is different. It's hard to tell, and I'm definitely not a doctor. Some things you're not sure exactly why they're the way they are, but you have to address it."

"I had something bad happen, but I have a God that turns bad into good. I am a perfect example of that – the way I was raised, the way things happened. So that's Vitor Belfort: turning bad things into good."

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BshMstr site profile image  

6/15/13 6:54 PM by BshMstr

well, those are both from the article i posted... the second being the conclusion made by presumably medical personnel. but i never asked for a lifetime ban...just pointed out the inconsistencies in your post.

paluka site profile image  

6/15/13 5:57 PM by paluka

just replace god with steroids

colubrid1 site profile image  

6/15/13 5:35 PM by colubrid1

You are correct sir.

Swooper site profile image  

6/15/13 2:40 AM by Swooper

No place for God or TRT in any sport

orcus site profile image  

6/15/13 12:18 AM by orcus

""Conclusions – Prior AAS use is relatively common in men seeking treatment for symptomatic hypogonadism. Although this only represents one center, the prevalence was approximately ten times higher in hypogonadal men under age 50 years than those over."" What does that have to do with your statement that 31% of those on TRT have abused steroids means that 69% did not? I also think it's obvious that the kind of man who is concerned enough with his physical performance/appearance/energy to use roids is also going to be much more likely to pursue TRT for the exact same reasons. Whereas the average man probably thinks little of the fact that he's weaker or more tired than he used to be -- if he even notices -- and never seeks treatment or diagnosis in the first place. But in any case this takes us back to my earlier point -- if you want some kind of permanent punishment for those who have used roids, just push for a lifetime ban for those testing positive rather than play guessing games as to why any given fighter needs TRT.

BshMstr site profile image  

6/14/13 10:38 PM by BshMstr

"Conclusions – Prior AAS use is relatively common in men seeking treatment for symptomatic hypogonadism. Although this only represents one center, the prevalence was approximately ten times higher in hypogonadal men under age 50 years than those over."

PoundforPound site profile image  

6/14/13 10:38 PM by PoundforPound

I'd wager that Vitor is not part of that 70%.

orcus site profile image  

6/14/13 10:24 PM by orcus

Interesting! So about 70% of those who need TRT have not abused steroids.

HexRei site profile image  

6/14/13 10:12 PM by HexRei

Rumors? LOL LOOK AT VITOR IN EARLY UFC'S! The guy roids! He got busted! FFS what kind of a retard would read this missive and be like "oh jesus and hard work got him here alone, he never abused steroids"

BshMstr site profile image  

6/14/13 10:06 PM by BshMstr

c'mon, you can't use a rumor of hGH use (which is technically part of TRT/HRT) against Randy and then discount rumors of Belfort's use...for the record, if Belfort needs TRT, then i don't care. let him use it, and if the AC agrees, let him compete. i simply find it irritating that we'd compare him to someone who never tested positive or discount the fact that when he first started, he was a massive freakin' beast in an organization that did not do drug tests at the time...