UFC president Dana White isn't done with testosterone replacement therapy just yet. The head-kicking thorn in his side that is former No. 1 middleweight contender Vitor Belfort hasn't done much to help his own case, but White believes the Phenom's uncertain future should be hammered out shortly.
"I think it's all going to work out," White told media Thursday afternoon in Las Vegas. "I'm telling you, the whole Vitor thing, you guys know. Vitor drives me nuts, but Vitor has gotten a bad rap on this whole thing. He's gotten a bad rap."
Asked if much of that negative press has been self-imposed by withholding the results from the February drug test in Nevada, White insists Belfort isn't purposefully being secretive.
"He's not," said White. "When he showed up in Nevada the thing that was bad about that is he showed up and [the NSAC was] like, 'You're on testosterone?' 'Yea, I'm on testosterone. Everybody know that.' 'You shouldn't have come to Nevada until you were off it.' I'm so glad TRT is gone. So much better for the sport."
As for the results of the surprise drug screening Belfort was asked to take by the NSAC while appearing at the 2013 World MMA Awards, White says they're immaterial.
"It's absolutely irrelevant because I'm telling you right now we tested the s**t out of [Belfort] before every fight he fought," said White. "I don't remember at what point it was but I said, 'Believe me, we're going to put him through the wringer with the TRT thing' and we did. He complied to everything he was asked to do. He was tested. He was always within his limits. Vitor Belfort was never cheating."
White goes on to credit Belfort for showcasing the effectiveness of TRT and for its demise as a legal means to enhance/maintain performance.
"Then it became a thing where TRT was looked at when you looked at Vitor and how he fought and how he looked and everything else," said White. "That's what the stuff was designed to do. Stuff is designed to make a guy my age work like a guy Jon Jones' age. That's what TRT is for and it worked. It definitely worked for Vitor.
"The thing is with Vitor Belfort is he was never over his [testosterone] limits when he fought. Here's the thing, lets say he came into Nevada and his levels were off the charts. He wasn't fighting. Came [to Nevada] to talk about getting licensed and the thing was, 'Welcome to Nevada. You want to be licensed here? You have to stop taking TRT.' As a guy who's not fighting, you can go around do whatever the hell you want with TRT, right?"
White even went so far as to say he'd boldly book Belfort outside Las Vegas in his return bout, a move some pundits believed would undermine the NSAC's authority.
"I'll consider him fighting anywhere," said White. "Wherever he lands, he'll land."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
I like this card. I know a lot don't, but context is always needed before you proclaim the UFC is trying to feed us a load of crap disguised in some pretty gift wrap. Chris Weidman was originally supposed to defend his belt on this card (whether it was against Vitor Belfort or Lyoto Machida is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned), but injury forced the UFC to make a change to the main event with relatively short notice. Thus why we have the main event of Renan Barao against T.J. Dillashaw. The co-main event was made on relative short notice as well (remember that Henderson fought only 2 months ago) and the Robbie Lawler-Jake Ellenberger bout was another one patched together quickly after Ellenberger's opponent at last months PPV, Tarec Saffiedine, pulled up lame and pushing Ellenberger back to this card against Lawler... who fought only two months ago. It seems everything important about this card came together late, but it still reeks of awesomeness to me.
But I know I'm preaching to the wrong crowd. Those who read this already have a strong appreciation of this card and I thank you for your views of my writings and you interest in such a badass sport. Enough of this though! I have a breakdown to do!
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