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Morning Report: A 'stronger, lighter, faster' Vitor Belfort says he's better without TRT

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With news that UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort had passed the first of assumably several random drug tests, the No. 1 contender sounds happy to be moving forward without testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

"It was better for me (the end of TRT) because I left a boring treatment that was bothering me, and now I'm stronger, lighter and faster," Belfort told SporTv (via Bloody Elbow). "So, for me, it was wonderful. Doesn't matter what my blood says, nor the result of the blood test. What matters is what is in my head."

Belfort faces middleweight champion Chris Weidman Feb. 28 at UFC 184 in Los Angeles, California, but underwent a random out-of-state blood and urine screening on Nov. 1 at the request of the Nevada Athletic Commission. The UFC covered testing expenses.

In compliance with the NAC's ban on TRT, Belfort withdrew (or was pulled) from a planned title bout at UFC 173 with Weidman in order to allow his body to adjust from stopping the treatment.

"It was banned? There is no problem," said Belfort. "I took 2014 to improve some techniques. I know that is hard to believe but I'm better now. I have been improving my skills, my kicks, my boxing, my endurance, my grappling, my strength and my footwork."

In October 2013, Belfort claimed he would halt TRT for a title shot, but indicated he'd be disenfranchised without the exemption.

"I've already said that, if they agree with it, I would (stop doing TRT)," said Belfort in 2013. "No problem at all. If they want me to get there in a disadvantage, that's ok."

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The Schultz Brothers: Chasing Gold

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