White: Vitor Belfort fights in Brazil due to Globo, not TRT
Many feel that Vitor Belfort fights in Brazil rather than Las Vegas because the regulatory body there, Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), extends him him a Therapeutic Use Expemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, while Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer has said that, based on Belfort’s previous positive test for use of Performance Enhancing Drugs, a TUE is not likely.
“I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us,” Kizer told Damon Martin earlier this year. “I really don’t and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he’s trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that.”
However, UFC president Dana White says that in no way is the league commission shopping, but rather that Vitor Belfort fights in Brazil because that is how Brazilian media giant Globo wants it.
“(If) they have a big fight that’s going to be on Globo, they wanted Vitor,” said White following UFN 27. “So if they want Vitor, they’re going to get Vitor. Whoever they say they want, I’m going to try to make it happen.”
“The second most important media that we’re in business with is Globo,” added White. The most important is obviously FOX.
“Vitor Belfort is not fighting in Brazil because he can get away with something down there,” said White emphatically. “That’s ridiculous. First of all, we wouldn’t do that for anybody. Anybody. We would never put together a situation where a fighter has an advantage over another fighter.”
“Why isn’t he fighting in Nevada? He was going to fight in Nevada. I think in the last scrum I told you that. They want him in Brazil, so that’s where he’s going to fight.
“Vitor Belfort is being tested, and Vitor is within the limits of what he’s supposed to be when he fights.”
“We’ve always been upfront. You think we would lie about that and risk the credibility of the sport, the UFC as a brand, so that Vitor Belfort could fight in f—ing Brazil and cheat? So we’re going to flip this whole f—ing thing upside down for Vitor Belfort, my best friend? It just makes no sense.”