Bisping: I'm not in the FBI, but Belfort drug test makes you go hmmmm


No one in mixed martial arts has been as poorly served by the use and abuse of Testosterone Replacement Therapy as has UFC middleweight Michael Bisping. Three times he has lost to fighters on TRT:

Michael Bisping vs. Vitor Belfort • Loss • UFC on FX: Bisping vs. Belfort • KO at 1:37 of Round 2.
Michael Bisping vs.Chael Sonnen • Loss • UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis • Decision Unanimous Decision.   
Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson • Loss • UFC 100 • Loss • KO at 3:20 of Round 2.    

When the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban TRTBisping expressed suspicions that Vitor Belfort would find a way around on the prohibition.

On Feb 7, the NSAC administered a surprise test to Belfortat the 2013 World MMA Awards. The results of the test have been received by the NSAC, by the UFC, and by Belfort. No one is telling what they do or don't show.

Had Belfort applied for a license to fight, the NSAC would have been at liberty to disclose the results. But he did not apply, and they thus are legally prohibited from making the results public. Belfort himself could release the results of the test, but has not done so.

Kevin Iole writing for Yahoo Sports reached out to Belfort's attorney, Neal Tabachnick  about the test results.

Kevin Iole: Did the test that Vitor took on Feb. 7 come back with an elevated T/E ratio?

Neal Tabachnick: The test is not relevant as Vitor is not applying for a license to fight in Nevada at this time. The reason for Zuffa replacing Vitor with Lyoto for the May 2014 middleweight championship bout was because of the Commission's change in direction on TRT/TUE. Zuffa felt that with this change at the Commission, there is no time for Vitor to drop his TRT program, secure a license for a May 2014 bout and leave Zuffa with time to properly promote the bout.

KI: Was Vitor on TRT at the time he took that Feb. 7 test?

NT: Yes, under a doctor's care.

Prior to the outright ban, the NSAC did not condone the use of TRT by a fighter prior to an application for a TUE, even if one had been granted by another AC.

Thus it is possible that Belfort was in violation of NSAC requirements even before he applied, therefore could not apply for the license, and thus withdrew from the fight with Wiedman that he had been advocating so hard for over the past year.

However, until or if Belfort releases the results, this is just speculation, and it may remain thus forever.

However, UFC middleweight Michael Bisping was recently interviewed by MMAJunkie and offered speculation of his own.

"You know, I am not an FBI agent, but the guy did a drugs tests in Nevada recently, and all of a sudden, he's not fighting for the title anymore," said Bisping. "You know, ummmmm ... put the pieces together. Anyway, so let's not dwell upon that, the whole TRT thing -- it's been, it's gone, it's done, it's dusted.

"So Vitor's out for a while, who's next? I've been a perennial contender for a long time. I think I deserve it."

Bisping fights Tim Kennedy at the FOX Sports 1-televised TUF Nations Finale on April 16.

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KneeToFaceKO site profile image  

3/27/14 6:06 PM by KneeToFaceKO

He is a crier, a dirty fighter and a poor sport. Good shit talker and he is paid well for never beating a top fighter. He has been propped up for a UK audience but is nothing but a jab and jog, bigmouth millionaire. Whatever.

Zeph site profile image  

3/27/14 4:04 PM by Zeph


Zeph site profile image  

3/27/14 4:02 PM by Zeph

So Rampage, Machida, Anderson, Jake Shields and TRT Vitor for henderson. Rashard beat him too but he was off the trt for that and iirc neither looked great.Sheilds pretty much laid on him for 5 rounds, Rampage and Machida were at 205 and TRT Vitor starched him. It is also worth mentioning that when Bisping fought Hendo he was relatively new to to 185 and was considerably smaller, most noticeably in the neck area. He has since learnt to cut a lot better. I don't think we need to bother explaining the GOAT.For Vitor it is just Anderson and Jon Jones, the current GOAT and his possible successor.Sonnen has an 09 loss to Demian Maia, but that might have been the catalyst for TRT? I don't know. Either way he got subbed by one of the greatest submission artists to ever enter mma. As for the rest, we have some recurring names Anderson, Jon Jones and Rashard Evans. 2 of whom are at 205 and one the GOAT.There really aren't a lot of people who have beaten those 3, especially at 205. And those that have have been at the very pinnacle of the sport. Whether Bisping would have beaten them if they weren't on TRT is debatable, I doubt it would have effected the Hendo fight, however, the Vitor and Chael fights leave me wondering at least.

Dodge135 site profile image  

3/27/14 3:48 PM by Dodge135

Also, Bisping isn't even in the top 10 in his own country, Cyprus.

Jake Ellenbergers Virginty site profile image  

3/27/14 3:31 PM by Jake Ellenbergers Virginty

Henderson took TRT from 2007 Vitor has been on TRT since 2010Sonnen has been on it since 2009Anyone whose beaten them since

JamesTheWelshDR site profile image  

3/27/14 2:38 PM by JamesTheWelshDR

Ares ?

BrowneReemJob site profile image  

3/27/14 1:49 PM by BrowneReemJob

I think Bisping would beat both Chael and Hendo in a rematch. The Chael fight was pretty close and fighting Dan at MW would go in Bispings favour.There really isn't an excuse with Vitor, he's just the better fighter and that was an awesome headkick. No shame in losing to any of them in my opinion.

rushinbear site profile image  

3/27/14 1:42 PM by rushinbear

If he could beat them then I would totally support him getting a title shot.....

THERE WAS A GLITCH IN THE MATRiX site profile image  


Bisping should get rematches with all 3 TRT fighters he lost too once they no longer are on it.

Frobenius site profile image  

3/27/14 1:06 PM by Frobenius