Belfort TRT doc: Ban drives fighters to black market


In an interview with MMAJunkie co-founder Steven Marrocco, Dr. John Pierce, the anti-aging doctor linked to Vitor Belfor,t says he thinks the ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy will push fighters to the black market.    

•D.O. (2003), Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona California, 1999-2003
•B.S. (1998), Kinesiology Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996-1999, Cum Laude
•Associate of General Studies (1997), Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1992-1998

Board Certifications
•American  Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine
•American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

“What they’ve in essence done is taken people that were forthright about their usage of testosterone for a medical purpose and punished them for it,” said Pierce. “That makes no sense because, bottom line, it’s going to happen.

“Instead of having a physician involved in the care of a patient – monitoring their levels, where you’re getting a test all the time, much more so than you would a normal patient because of the nature of their work – you’re going to get people doing it underground, using black market steroids, not bio-identical hormones that have not been tested. They could potentially get themselves sick injecting themselves with whatever.

“And then, at that juncture, they’re cheating because they’re not being forthright about it.”

“I actually have had people tell me that doing it the illicit way was much easier. They wouldn’t even consider doing it the legal way, because it would be much easier to do it the illicit way. They wouldn’t be under as much scrutiny.”

“If any of these people that are saying they have any experience dealing with people who’ve done steroids in the past, you can get their systems turned back on, unless they’ve done high dosages for years. Then, I’ve had very difficult times getting their system back on. But for the majority of people, they can be on testosterone, and you can take them off and get their natural system producing right back to normal within six weeks.

“So it’s laughable when I read some of the stuff that you guys write. People that are naysayers go, ‘If he did steroids, then that’s why he has a low level.’ Well, no, because No. 1, you guys don’t know how to read the labs. I do. And you can see the other hormones that are being sent from the brain down to the testicles to get them to work, and they’re not working. It has nothing to do with steroid use in the past.”

“I truly hope for [Belfort's] sake that he can compete at the same level, and then all the naysayers can just button their lips and say no more. Because it seems to me that everybody’s trying to take away from this particular individual’s accomplishments, and all the time and effort that he’s put into his career.”

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MMAdotCOM site profile image  

3/12/14 7:00 PM by MMAdotCOM

going to the black market in the first place is why fighters need TRT

jake11 site profile image  

3/12/14 6:53 PM by jake11


Non N00B site profile image  

3/12/14 6:00 PM by Non N00B

I think the fighters that got on TRT knew they would be using a lesser amount than fighters that cycle things without an RX, but wouldnt have to worry as much about failing a test since a Dr would be helping them stay at legal levels. Everybody is on something.

SonOfThePeepHole site profile image  

3/12/14 2:43 PM by SonOfThePeepHole

Fuck off, anyone who agrees is a cheating fuck

GSPsShadyHandWraps site profile image  

3/12/14 1:42 PM by GSPsShadyHandWraps

You had a valid medical reason for your hypogonadism. And im assuming TRT was the best option given your situation. As you know an endocrinologist would not just take a blood test to see if you have low T and then prescribe TRT like its tylenol. They would try to find the cause for your low testosterone and then decide the proper medical treatmentAnd since Vitor has tested positive in the past, its unlikely they would put their reputation on the line and support him getting a TUE if they cannot exclude his current condition being correlated to his past steroid useVitor went to this glorified chiropractor for one reason. He needed a guy that would prescribe him testosteroneI feel bad for the guys who actually are eligible for TUEs

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

3/12/14 1:18 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

This is a stupid train of thought. If "Only 5 or 6 guys" as Dana put it, were on TRT, why would we see ee an upsurge in fighters failing pre and post fight drug tests.? makes no sense to me. Guys who are on gear are already on gear. They know how to mask it.

FETT_Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

3/12/14 12:41 PM by FETT_Lay'n'PrayNINJA

He also has a massive financial agenda to push for athletes being legally allowed to take steroids. He makes zero profits on the black market.

FETT_Lay'n'PrayNINJA site profile image  

3/12/14 12:39 PM by FETT_Lay'n'PrayNINJA

Those were t/e ratio tests...educate before you post.

chawkins site profile image  

3/12/14 12:28 PM by chawkins

I, being a nobody, was put on TRT by a board-certified endocrinologist to combat low T as a complication of Type 2 Diabetes.Vitor, being a multi-millionaire professional athlete, was put on TRT by a shady anti-aging DO with no specialized endocrinological training in Las Vegas.What. The. Actual. Fuck.How does Vitor NOT have the world's foremost endocrinologist as his doc?

Ryan Black site profile image  

3/12/14 11:54 AM by Ryan Black

I think the 2014 mid-life crisis thing to do is to get a new Vette, and get on TRT. From what I see driving around daily, they seem to work best when used together...