UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be facing off against Vitor Belfort in his next title defense. There is currently no date set for their match up, but the biggest question surrounding the bout is whether or not Belfort will get an exemption for testosterone replacement therapy.
Weidman and his camp have been critical of “The Phenom” for his TRT use and they have been unsure of how an exemption would affect his preparation.
Even if the bout takes place in Las Vegas and Belfort is not exempt, Weidman has his concerns that the challenger can still put whatever he wants into his body as long as he cycles off before the fight.
“I don’t know how it works,” Weidman said during an appearance on SiriusXM Fight Club. “I just asked Lorenzo (Fertitta) … and he said that [Belfort] is going to try to get the TRT. But whether he gets it or not, I was happy to hear that we will be tested and stuff like that. He (Fertitta) would be surprised if we didn’t get tested throughout the camp.”
“Because what I heard is… Someone else told me that if he doesn’t apply for the TRT — because I heard that he wasn’t going to apply at first — if he doesn’t apply, then he doesn’t get tested during the camp and stuff like that, so then he would be able to take whatever he wants and cycle off like these other guys do. If he gets the TRT then he has to get tested all the time. So, I was like ‘I wonder where he is going with this.’ So I don’t know… I’m just happy to hear that because he failed a drug test before, that he will get tested.”
Whether we like it or not, there are real medical reasons for using TRT and a handful of fighters need the therapy to stay healthy.
We don’t know whether Belfort’s case is as serious as some others and he has looked as good as he ever has in his career, so the questions are warranted. It will just be interesting to see how this all plays out leading up to the fight.