Less than two weeks away from their UFC on FX 8 main event, the verbal battle between Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort has started to heat up. Rockhold hasn’t been shy about sharing the fact he isn’t a fan of Belfort’s testosterone-replacement-therapy, and the feared striker is warning the former Strikeforce champ that he needs to worry about other things.
In a recent appearance on MMA Junkie.com Radio, Rockhold relayed that it “pisses” him off somewhat that Belfort is cleared for TRT use in Brazil, but has not received a pass for the treatment in Nevada. The reason being, of course, that Belfort tested positive for an anabolic steroid in 2006 in Nevada, and the state’s athletic commission has said it’s unlikely to give him a TRT exemption as a result. Rockhold wants Nevada’s policies implemented “all over the world”.
Belfort was a guest on The MMA Hour this week, and not surprisingly, noted that Rockhold is “not my doctor” and that he has been cleared by the UFC and physicians for the treatment. Belfort, who is coming off a memorable stoppage of Michael Bisping in January (which also took place in Brazil), added:
“Why don’t we talk about people that do TRT and they lose in the first round? Because, you know, TRT doesn’t win fights, man. It doesn’t win fights. Look at Chael Sonnen. He’s on TRT and he lost fights in the first, second round. It’s not going to win fights. You’ve got to have skills to win fights. That’s what it is. A lot of guys are on it. I think they should release everyone who’s on it, because that would bring more legitimacy to the sport, and UFC doing the right thing and testing people. I think we’re on the right path, and if you lose, just accept it, man. Everyone has an excuse.”
Yes, skills do help win fights, but it’s unlikely Belfort’s upcoming performance is going to settle the ongoing debate about TRT any time soon. In fact, we know it won’t. That doesn’t mean the May 18th tilt doesn’t have the makings of something pretty memorable.
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