Joe Rogan revealed an interesting viewpoint on the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to stop all future Testosterone Use Exemptions, pinning the blame on UFC contender Vitor Belfort. Belfort is a man that has come hand-in-hand with past arguments against TRT exemptions after testing positive for anabolic steroids in 2006. Fighting in Brazil in his last three bouts, it is hard to foresee Belfort receiving a license to fight in Nevada, especially with the recent revelation from Rogan.
On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the UFC colour commentator stated that Belfort once again failed a drug test in February of this year. Many had speculated that the Brazilian contender had been abusing the system, and this revelation may prove the rumours valid. On the topic of NSAC’s decision to abandon TUEs, Rogan had this to say (h/t Bloody Elbow).
“They did it to Vitor… random drug test. And Vitor was on testosterone. That’s the reason that testosterone got banned in the first place. The whole thing went down when Vitor tested positive with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, after that. Before that, they were considering him for a testosterone exemption… And because he tested positive they scrapped the whole testosterone program.”
Belfort was schedule to face Chris Weidman at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, NV last month, but pulled out of the fight due to the repercussions of TRT exemptions being banned. Now it seems like he may not have voluntarily pulled out after all.
Weidman is now pitted to face Lyoto Machida at UFC 175, also in Las Vegas, NV, who replaced Belfort. They were scheduled to fight at UFC 173, though Weidman suffered a minor injury that forced the fight to be rescheduled. Vitor now instead fights Chael Sonnen at UFC 175, replacing Wanderlei Silva for the fight, though is subject to Belfort being granted a license by the NSAC.