Morning Report: Dana White wants TRT gone, but fine with Vitor Belfort using it in fight against Chris Weidman

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Could UFC president Dana White be softening his stance on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)? After admitting in January that he and middleweight challenger Vitor Belfort weren't on good terms over his use of TRT, White, speaking with media members Thursday, lacked much of the vitriol he's previously expressed over the treatment. Calling TRT 'unfair' in the past, White's hardened stance seems to have been replaced with more of an endorsement of regulation.

"Of course," said White when asked whether or not Belfort should be eligible to compete while undergoing TRT. "Absolutely. It's absolutely legal. He can apply for [a testosterone use exemption (TUE)]. That's up to [the Nevada State Athletic Commision]. Like I said before, a lot of guys are on TRT. Guys are getting exemptions and using it. I just think the Vitor thing is overplayed. Yes, I know he tested positive, but the guy's had these exemptions. He's been able to use it. He's going to apply for it and if they say 'No' then he's going to have to fight without using it. It's as simple as that."

Scheduled to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Belfort would need approval of a TUE by the NSAC to continue his treatment. Competing for PRIDE In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone while competing in Nevada, meaning the NSAC would need to issue an exemption allowing him to continue TRT leading up to his bout. Unfortunately for Belfort, that decision wouldn't be consistant with its policy of not allowing a TUE if an individual's needs derive from past non-sanctioned use.

Despite his obvious interests promoting Belfort, White does admit that ultimately he'd like to see the NSAC work towards an outright ban on TRT.

"I've been saying it forever. I think [TRT] should go away. It should go away. Make everything easy. Make everything fair. Nobody will have to say, 'Well, this guy gets to.' It'll be gone. Then we don't have to talk about it, worry about it, hear about it or think about it."

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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via mjanecek.

UFC 170 to Feature 8 Lineal Title Holders, 16 Belts on the Line

Hello there, Lineal Title fans! It's been too long. I thought this week would be a great time to comeback with a lineal title post, considering all the action we have in store for Saturday night's UFC PPV. The big one, of course, is Ronda Rousey's match up with Sara McMann in which 8 WMMA titles will be up for grabs. Two unification bouts are on the card as well including Alexis Davis (Ring of Combat, Pink Fight) vs Jessica Eye (Bellator MMA) in a battle for 3 titles and Zach Makovsky (RFA) vs Josh Sampo (CFA) for 2 lineal titles.

For those of you who may be new to these posts, over the last few years, I've been tracking lineal titles across 60 different MMA promotions from Super Heavyweight on down to Flyweight (Recently adding WMMA titles as well). This amounts to just over 300 lineal titles in total. Why? So, I can report the results to the BE Community, that's why! Plus, I think it's a fun way to appreciate the history of the sport, while understanding who THE fighter to beat is in each weight class.

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