Middleweight contender Vitor Belfort has had his Nevada license granted, should he not fight before December, that he does not apply for a license elsewhere, and that he pays for his own testing. He is set to fight Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on December 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV at UFC 181.
Vitor Belfort opened his license request with a lengthy statement, confirming that he failed tests carried out prior to his scheduled bout with Chris Weidman at UFC 173. He stated that he wishes to fight in December for the title against Weidman, and will not fight before that date. He also stated that he will comply with any additional tests with the NSAC.
“I want to prove to the commission that I am a great fighter who sticks to the rules.”
Vitor Belfort also broke down in tears during the reading of the statement, and confirmed that the UFC have proposed a fight with Weidman for December in Las Vegas. Belfort confirmed that he was using TRT twice a week, and administered one ‘big’ shot ahead of a random drug test, rather than applying the two for that week. He states that this is the reason for the elevated results.
Belfort was scheduled to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173, but was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a failed drug test out of competition. After the NSAC banned TUEs, Belfort’s career – as one of the most high profile users of testosterone – had subsequently been put on hold.
Speculation arose earlier this week that the UFC would book Vitor Belfort’s title shot against Chris Weidman in Brazil after the promotion booked a 50,000 capacity stadium.
Belfort seemed enthusiastic about fighting in Las Vegas,
“Nobody’s perfect but I think we have to be truthful with each other… You guys are doing an amazing job with this sport right now.”
Furthermore, Vitor Belfort confirmed that the scheduled fight with Chris Weidman will be held on December 6 at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV.
Belfort failed a drug test back in 2006 after testing positive for elevated testorone after his decision loss to Dan Henderson at Pride 32.
NSAC commissioner Anthony Marnell emphasised that Belfort’s story was in line with his own extensive research, but made the intentions of the commission clear:
“We’re going to drug test you till the day you retire.”
Fellow commissioner Pat Lundvall made it clear that the NSAC would “likely” use enhanced drug testing, including blood samples and urine samples. The NSAC also confirmed that he would need to comply with the rules whether he is, be it Florida or Brazil, and there is no hiding from their drug testing process.
“UFC is my authority, you guys are my authority. I want to fight in Vegas… Whatever you ask will be done.”
Update: the UFC confirmed the booking of Belfort’s title shot against Weidman at UFC 181 shortly after the NSAC’s decision.
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