UFC president Dana White will not name who exactly changed his stance on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), but he now feels that fighters are using TRT exemptions to get an unfair advantage over their opponents. Ironically this stance was taken after Vitor Belfort was approved for TRT use in Brazil and TKO’ed potentiality top contender Michael Bisping.
As Belfort was rumored to be dodging the U.S. athletic commission, by taking yet another fight in Brazil again, Bleacher Report caught up with Nevada Stat Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer on the matter. Unfortunately for Belfort, it seems Kizer doesn’t believe he would be approved in the UFC’s backyard of Vegas.
“I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us. 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. The rules are the rules and you have to draw the line somewhere.”
If you are unaware, Belfort has come under scrutiny because he had in fact been caught in the past with a banned PED in his body. He tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone at Pride 32 versus Dan Henderson in 2006. The punishment ended in a $10,000 fine and a nine month suspension.
It should be known that one of the reasons for low testosterone in the body is caused by steroid use, which is said to shut down or hinder the bodies natural ability to produce testosterone. Question is, should fighters that have been caught taking steroids be approved of TRT exemption?