The carousel of TRT/failed drug tests/middleweight fiasco has finally come to a close today as the UFC has officially removed Vitor Belfort from the UFC 175 pay-per-view in July.
This news comes one day after Belfort’s opponent, Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA after failing a random pre-fight drug test for the banned substances hCG, anastrozole, and clomiphene.
Sonnen was initially set to face off against fellow TUF Brazil coach, Wanderlei Silva, but he allegedly ran away from his random drug test only a week prior. Silva was then pulled from the fight with Sonnen and replaced by Belfort.
Belfort himself had some issues to sort out with the NSAC as he was a former TRT user who failed a drug test back in February. The failed test, which was not disclosed until recently, was the catalyst to the NSAC and UFC banning TRT as Belfort was set to fight Chris Weidman for the middleweight championship at UFC 173.
Belfort was expected to appear before the NSAC on June 17th and answer questions regarding the failed test, but now that he is off the card, Belfort will not have to attend any hearings.
Belfort is still considered the No. 1 contender in the UFC’s middleweight division, but with the TRT and failed test hanging over his head it will be interesting to see if the UFC attempts to book him a title fight in Nevada.
There is still no word as to whether or not Belfort will be able to be licensed in Nevada in the future, but it sure seems like the situation is not leaning in his favor at this time.