Vitor Belfort’s proven history with testosterone began following his Pride 33 loss to Dan Henderson when he tested positive for the performance enhancement drug. Since then, it has become public knowledge that Belfort currently has an exemption to use testosterone under the guidelines set by athletic commissions. Testosterone Replacement Therapy(TRT,) has been a hot button issue for sometime, but only until recently as late 2012 did UFC President Dana White start taking a stand against it. Luke Rockhold is set to face Belfort at UFC On FX 8: Belfort Vs Rockhold on May 18th, and he has been very vocal about how he feels about Belfort’s past. All of this said, Belfort doesn’t believe he deserves the criticism he has been getting from the media, from the fans and especially Rockhold.
Belfort told MMAFighting:
“It’s hard. I cannot explain why I need something. It’s just, the doctors, you know, just they said that I need [TRT]. I did everything by the book. I went to the commissions, the UFC. I never hide from them, so they knew what I was doing. I believe everyone has their personal things. My health is my personal life, you know? A lot of people on TRT, they don’t tell [the UFC], whatever. But my case came out because they got a guy on steroids (Thiago Tavares) and they thought it was me, and then they just opened the books. But they knew I doing everything with the UFC together, and never hiding anything… t’s just open books with me. Nothing was cheating. I never cheat, everything was by the book, and it is what it is.”
In response to Rockhold:
“I’m glad he’s not my doctor,” Belfort laughed. “I’m glad I don’t need to listen to him.
“I think he’s wrong, but what are you going to say? People say what they’re going to say. He doesn’t know me, I don’t know how he can say that, but we’ll see. You cannot judge. I think it’s too arrogant to say you’re more of a man. He doesn’t know what a man is. He doesn’t have any kids, he doesn’t have a wife. I don’t know what he’s thinking. He’s talking about courage? I don’t know what he did in the sport. I think it’s disrespectful, the way that he thinks. But it is what it is. You cannot control it, you cannot control people.
“My conversation with him will be inside the cage. I don’t have to talk. We’re going to fight, and that’s what it’s about. I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I did a lot of things for the sport, and I’m still doing. Facing these young guys, and I bring the heat, man. He’ll come to a jungle. He’ll face a lion.”
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