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Vitor Belfort; and, the Start of the TRT Era

"You never had control, that's the illusion! I was overwhelmed by the power of this place. But I made a mistake, too, I didn't have enough respect for that power and it's out now." - Dr. Ellie Sattler (Jurassic Park)

The day was May 18, 2013. The event: UFC on FX 8. The place: Jaragua Do Sol, Brazil.

Vitor Belfort, a self-proclaimed "young dinosaur," stood in the middle of the octagon. His opponent, Luke Rockhold, laid unconscious on the mat. Thousands cheered in the stadium, while millions watched in awe by television.

And, whether they knew it or not, they had just witnessed history.

Because with a single kick, Belfort had changed the landscape of mixed martial arts.

Forever.

Few lauded Belfort's efforts, claiming hard training and evolution. However, most, within seconds of the knockout, publicly reviled the effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Do fighters gain a significant advantage with TRT? Is TRT a loophole? Is TRT the same as steroids? Have we officially entered the TRT Era?

And, if we have, can we survive it?

Because, if we have learned anything from sports such as baseball, cheating is not only detrimental but nearly fatal. Sure, the sport will continue. Sure, fighters will win and lose. But, not a single knockout, submission, or win will ever be viewed the same.

Today, we have to decide as fans what, and how much of what we'll be able to endure. How far will we suspend our imagination for entertainment? When is enough, enough?

Because, "the power is out now," and we are the only ones who can control it.

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