UFC President Dana White has made no secret of the disdain he has for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, but he has also come forward to say that he thinks UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort has been unfairly criticized for his use of the controversial treatment. At the UFC 161: Evans Vs Henderson post fight scrum, White explained that Belfort has done everything they have ever asked him to do, he hasn’t failed a drug test, and that people need to stop being so rough on the guy.
According to Dana White:
“I think Vitor has been unjustly beat down for the TRT thing. You guys know how I feel about TRT. But he’s done everything the right way and been within the limits he’s supposed to be in.”
“He will end up fighting in the States. He’s been fighting in Brazil because he does well in Brazil. There’s no conspiracy. First of all, have we ever done anything slimy, seriously, in 13 years? Like, ‘Let’s keep him in Brazil so nobody (tests him).’ I f—ing hate unfair people who cheat, putting guys in a position where they’re at a disadvantage. I hate that stuff. I want fights to happen evenly and for the best guy to win, and that’s why I was so pissed off about the TRT thing because I felt like people were cheating. People are getting jacked up during their training. One guy’s fighting on his natural abilities, the other guy’s getting jacked up, he recovers faster in training camp than the guy who’s natural, and then he gets his levels back down before the fight. That’s what was pissing me off.”
“I would never, and Lorenzo (Fertitta) would never put a guy down in Brazil because we think he’ll pass down there and won’t pass somewhere else,” he said. “And the guys that regulate Brazil are the same f—ing guys who pulled (Alexander) Gustafsson out of the fight (at UFC on FUEL TV 9) for the cut. Same guys. And it’s not like I was a big fan of their decision in (Sweden). So it’s not like they’re doing me any favors or we have some yahoo buddy-buddy relationship.”
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