November 7, 2013
Vitor Belfort "manipulating the system" with TRT use is "a spit in the face" to all martial artists
By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief “[Vitor Belfort] doesn’t have an exemption because he failed an anabolic steroid test, so the athletic commissions won’t give him a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption) because he failed a previous test. That’s why he medically needs it, because he used anabolic steroids, and he got caught for it. Now he needs TRT and nobody will give him that exemption because he used steroids… It’s embarrassing to be part of the sport and have athletes that are manipulating the system like that. It’s mixed martial arts, and it’s supposed to be about integrity and character and all the things that go with being a martial artist. This is obviously a spit in the face of every martial artist out there. It’s demeaning, it’s embarrassing. It’s not good for the sport, it’s not good for him, it’s not good for the championship, and it’s not good for the promotion. I don’t know, is there anything good about it besides for the cheater? I mean, that’s the only person that benefits from it: 1) For using it and, 2) For using it as a tool or an ace up the sleeve to try to create a situation that he could, yet again, take advantage of and cheat.” -UFC Fight for the Troops 3 headliner Tim Kennedy continues his justified comments against Vitor Belfort in an interview with BloodyElbow.com. Penick’s Analysis: As usual on this subject, Kennedy’s not wrong in his assessment. Belfort’s comments about his TRT use recently threw even more gas on the fire, and the subject of TRT in general has wrought nothing but negativity. It looks bad to outsiders who see it allowed in the sport, it irritates truly clean fighters who have to compete against these fighters, and it’s just something that reflects poorly on the sport. Kennedy, like many, has an issue with that, and hasn’t been afraid to be vocal about it.