UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, is still fresh off of his UFC 168 victory over Anderson Silva, but already knows his next opponent. The streaking and controversial Vitor Belfort will challenge Weidman for the title sometime in May or June.
Every fight that Belfort is in brings along with it the TRT controversy. Couple that with the fact that he is fighting for a title, and it is going to be a hot topic for months to come. Weidman, in a recent interview with FOX sports, talked about Belfort’s TRT usage:
He’s failed a drug test before. He’s on TRT now. I don’t agree with TRT to begin with, so him failing a drug test and being on TRT, I don’t really like it.
I appreciate there will be a commission making sure he’s doing things right. I don’t have high testosterone at all. I’m completely fine. I guarantee his testosterone on TRT is two or three times higher than mine. I wake up and I work hard two or three times a day. I don’t feel that there’s a need for it, and if it comes to point where you need it, then you retire, you don’t fight. Fighting is a sport where strength is important, and if you’re going to have extra testosterone, especially after you’ve been caught cheating, it’s unfair.
The TRT issue has been a controversial topic in MMA for some time. The UFC and Dana White have warned that fighters on TRT will be tested more frequently than others to make sure their levels are correct. In 2013, Ben Rothwell and Antonio Silva were both suspended for elevated testosterone levels related to inappropriate TRT usage.
Many believe that since Belfort has failed a test before, it is unfair that he is able to use TRT. Clearly Chris Weidman is among the detractors, along with many other fighters.
Do you think TRT is fair, or just legal steroids? Should the commission’s outlaw it all together? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA.