The previously rumored bout between Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort is one step closer to being official with the news that the bout will take place at 205 pounds. It was previously unknown what weight class the fight would take place in, but the fighters settled on light heavyweight.
The bout is planned for a November 9 event in Brazil — UFC Fight Night 32 — and it looks like both fighters will be on TRT.
While Henderson was off of testosterone replacement therapy for his UFC 161 bout against Rashad Evans, it looks like he will be looking to receive a therapeutic use exemption for his bout against Belfot.
From MMA Fighting:
Dr. Marcio Tannure, medical director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), told MMAFighting.com that Henderson needs to send him the exams to prove his medical conditions (hypogonadism) to apply for a TRT use, and they will analyze the request.
Sources close to Henderson told MMAFighting.com the former Pride champion will apply for a TUE, and confirmed Belfort will move up to 205 pounds to fight Henderson in Brazil. Tannure confirmed Belfort will continue his use of testosterone replacement therapy for his next fight.
“I wasn’t officially informed about this fight, but if (Henderson) wants to use the TRT exemption in Brazil he will need to send us all the exams so we can analyze it,” Dr. Tannure said. “I know he has the authorization to use that in the US, but this is a different commission, so we need to see all the exams.”
In the first bout between the two in 2006, Belfort tested positive for an anabolic steroid, but that wasn’t enough to get him the win. Henderson got the W by way of unanimous decision.
With the bout likely taking place in Brazil, both fighters will be on TRT and the playing field will be even.
However, it could be hard for Belfort to monitor his testosterone levels with the suspension handed down by WADA to the LAB DOP – LADETEC / IQ – UFRJ Doping Control Laboratory in Rio de Janeiro, which means there is no accredited lab to accurately and properly track his levels.
Once again, TRT could be a big storyline following a Vitor Belfort fight.