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August 4, 2014
Tim Kennedy rails against "broken steroid addict" Vitor Belfort, July's farcical Nevada commission meeting
Vitor_Belfort_wide_9.jpg UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy’s been one of the most outspoken competitors in the UFC regarding the drug problem in the sport, and last month’s Nevada Athletic Commission meeting gave him plenty of fodder to rail against on that front. At the forefront of his criticisms is fellow middleweight Vitor Belfort, and in a new interview with Steph Daniels at BloodyElbow.com, Kennedy went off on the farcical hearing last month. “I mean, we’re talking about a guy that has failed drug tests multiple times during his career,” Kennedy said. “Then, he’s at his commission hearing, to talk about his failed drug test, and instead of getting discipline, he’s awarded a title shot. Look at Chael Sonnen, ‘Oh, we’re not going to fine him. We’re just going to suspend him. We’re going to suspend a guy that’s already retired, and probably give him another job somewhere down the road.’ Yeah, nothing wrong there. What a horrible day for the sport.” Kennedy thinks it’s more than just the physical dangers cheaters represent to clean fighters, it’s the money they’re taking from other competitors by fighting dirty that is a major problem as well. “If we were playing soccer, just kicking balls around, or we’re playing basketball, and you’re using a performance enhancing drug to run faster and jump higher, it’s going to be a minor irritation,” he argued. “Vitor and guys that are using a performance enhancing drugs to hit people in the head harder, well, that’s totally different. We’re not hitting balls out of a baseball stadium. We’re hitting each other in the head with our shins.” “The other thing is the money factor. He’s making a ton of money from cheating with steroids. That’s wrong. The big picture is this; it’s a combative sport, and we’re in there to knock each other out or submit each other. We’re not playing a game.” As for Belfort himself, Kennedy doesn’t believe the Brazilian will be fighting Chris Weidman clean at UFC 181 in December. “Okay, it’s one of two things; either he gets to use steroids-he’s training, has wonderful doctors that get him through it all-and he’s able to compete, barely getting through with his drug tests. There’s like a 1 in 10 chance of that scenario happening. The other factors are that he tries to be clean, and he realizes that he can’t compete. Or he tries to go clean and gets hurt. Or he just uses the steroids and gets caught. One of those three options are the likelihood of the other 90%.” “…Vitor Belfort is not the old dinosaur or young dinosaur or whatever they call him. He’s a broken steroid addict. If he fights natural, he doesn’t stand a chance against Chris. If he’s juiced to the gills, he’s dangerous to anybody.” Penick’s Analysis: On this subject I’m in mostly complete agreement with Kennedy. PEDs aren’t giving Belfort superhuman strength or anything, but PED use allows athletes to train more, train harder, and recover faster, which in turn gives them added edge come fight night. In the case of Belfort, he’s already massively dangerous regardless of any outside substances just from the skill set he’s shown off his whole career, but add in additional factors to boost his training, and those weapons can be refined further to do more damage. And clearly he’s taking spots from other fighters based off his use of a substance he wasn’t cleared to use anywhere other than Brazil. When his clearance by that commission comes off dubious at best, it’s more than reasonable to question the legitimacy of his run in 2013, and now he’s getting a title fight despite failing a drug test. Kennedy’s not alone in his frustrations on this topic, and more and more will let their opinions be heard from now until December 6. http://www.mmatorch.com/artman2/publish/UFC_2/article_22569.shtml#.U9-BH_ldVm5