When the UFC and the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned Testosterone Replacement Therapy last week, it was evident that the first fighter to feel the effect’s of the new rule would be Vitor Belfort. Belfort, who was the face of the TRT scandal in MMA, was set to fight Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight championship in May at UFC 173. With insufficient time to adapt to training without TRT, Belfort was forced to withdraw from the bout and was replaced by Lyoto Machida.
Belfort fully expects to fight the winner of UFC 173, and according to his doctors, will need approximately three months to adapt to training without TRT. Belfort posted a statement from an unnamed doctor on his Instagram (Courtesy of MMAFighting):
Vitor Belfort’s TRT have always been a medical decision aimed to health improvement.The same treatment strategy is available and widely prescribed to every patient who makes the decision to live better and healthier life through their natural ageing process.
Any performance advantage results not from the use of medication, but from the athlete’s unshaken discipline and absolute dedication to an extremely demanding training routine, impeccable nutrition and resting. In the name of his passion for the sport and dedication to his fans, my patient made the decision to interrupt his health treatment.
We are going to need 90 days to adapt Vitor’s treatment and nutrition in order to support his extremely hard training routine – This is what makes Vitor one of the best fighters in UFC history and the most dedicated athlete I’ve ever had the honor to work with.
The timeline seemingly works perfectly as long as the winner of the UFC 173 title fight ends up healthy and ready for a quick turnaround. All eyes will be on Vitor as he makes his transition of TRT.