It’s no longer a secret that UFC Middleweight Vitor Belfort is one of many fighters who have an exemption to use testosterone, but many fans and pundits have notice that he has only fought in Brazil in his last several fights. Some have gone as far as to say that the UFC is hiding Belfort in Brazil where many assume the promotion can manipulate the results. In a recent interview, Belfort discussed his bout scheduled against Dan Henderson, the hoops he has to jump through to be able to use testosterone and why he keeps being scheduled to fight in Brazil.
Belfort told MMAFighting:
“A lot of fighters are on TRT right now, (but) everybody’s saying that’s why I fight there. But I believe the reason why I fight in Brazil is because I sell a lot in Brazil. I miss fighting in Las Vegas and other places, but I don’t see any problems that I’m not fighting (there) because I sell big in Brazil. Makes sense for them and makes sense for me.”
“Brazil is the only place that they do blood tests after the fight. Now, I’m fighting a guy who’s on TRT too. They are very surprised that they will have to test blood too. Two months before the fight I have to do blood tests, at least once a month. I do that on my own every week too. It’s important. I’m just trying to be fair with everybody and also with myself.”
“The bottom line is I know where I can stand, what I have to do. I really apologize whatever I did. I’m here to do my job. They offered me this fight and I think it’s great. I will always be there for them.”
“I’m very happy to have that rematch. Not a lot of guys give me rematches. It’s my first in the UFC so I’m excited. He’s a lion. I’m facing a lion, so I have to be ready. Henderson is fighting five rounds with tough guys, going after guys, not backing off. Dan Henderson is a great fighter. I have to be ready and prepared, focused, and that’s what I’m doing.”
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