Weidman: Belfort’s use of TRT is ‘unfair’
Shortly after Chris Weidman defeated Anderson Silva to retain his UFC middleweight championship, the next challenger was announced – Vitor Belfort. Not long afterwards the city was announced – Las Vegas. That means that the bout will be regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which will have to OK and then monitor Belfort’s doctor perscribed used of Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
“He’s failed a drug test before,” Weidman told FoxSports’ Mike Chiappetta. “He’s on TRT now. I don’t agree with TRT to begin with, so him failing a drug test and being on TRT, I don’t really like it. So I appreciate there will be a commission making sure he’s doing things right.
“I’m not a big TRT guy – I don’t think TRT belongs in our sport. I don’t like it. I don’t have the highest testosterone in the world, and I wouldn’t take it. I feel just fine where I’m at. Some people would probably tell me to take testosterone, but I wouldn’t do it.”
“I don’t have high testosterone at all. I’m completely fine. I guarantee his testosterone on TRT is two or three times higher than mine. I wake up and I work hard two or three times a day. I don’t feel that there’s a need for it, and if it comes to point where you need it, then you retire, you don’t fight. Fighting is a sport where strength is important, and if you’re going to have extra testosterone, especially after you’ve been caught cheating, it’s unfair.”
While expressing his opposition to TRT, Weidman indicated he is satisfied that the NSAC will do a ood job of making sure the TRT limits are not exceeded.
“I’m happy about (fighting in Las Vegas),” said Weidman. “He’s fought in Brazil now for the last two years, and obviously he looks like the Hulk now. He’s on TRT and he’s been caught cheating before for testosterone and I don’t know what else. … For a guy who’s 36 years old to have a lot higher testosterone than me at 29 years old, and I’ve never taken anything, is really not fair. So I’m happy that I’ll be fighting in Vegas, and I hope they’ll do due diligence in testing him to make sure he’s not cheating.”
All discussion of TRT aside, Weidman agrees the Belfort is next in line.
“I think he’s the right guy,” said Weidman. “It’s whoever the UFC thinks is the contender. He’s had three knockouts in a row, so I think he’s the right guy.”