Vitor Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in the random Nevada Athletic Commission drug test he underwent in February, and he has decided to explain the result.
Removed from a UFC title fight with Chris Weidman due to a positive drug test result, Belfort said the only reason why he failed the test is because he changed his treatment routine a day before the random test.
"I was doing a hormonal treatment and they asked for to do a drug test as if I were any other person," Belfort told Combate. "I took the shot the day before in Las Vegas. I usually took the dosage throughout a week, but this day I took the whole weekly dosage. So, on that day, my levels were a little high, but nothing absurd. The limit was 1,100, and I was at 1,200."
The normal cutoff for testosterone levels is 1197, and Belfort was at 1472.
"Someone asked me the other day: ‘Vitor, are you clean now?’ I was never dirty," he said. "I never did anything illegal, anything wrong. I never ran away from a test, I did everything I had to do. I even did that letter, applied for a license. I had no license in Nevada, but I was applying for one.
"I was always straight honest and correct not only with me, but with my family, coaches, fans and the UFC, who was by my side."
Belfort was removed from the Nevada Athletic Commission agenda on June 17, and he doesn’t know when he will finally appear in front of the commission to discuss his test results and apply for a license.
"I don’t know yet. I’m still waiting," he said. "All the exams were done, now it’s time to wait for (the date of) my next fight and where it’s going to be. I want to be able to get my license in Nevada even because I’m doing everything, and I’m available for anything they need."