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Ryan1522 02-04-2013 10:19 AM

Is Vitor Belfort on TRT? You decide
 
The recent evidence of the amazing shape Belfort is in has raised a few eyebrows including Michael Bisping who was recently knocked out by him.

Bisping is a strong advocate against the use of TRT and has accused him of using TRT and having elevated levels of testosterone. The outspoken Brit also questioned whether or not his testicles have shrunk.

ESPN caught up with Belfort and addressed the topic head on with Belfort. They asked him whether or not he had ever applied for a therapetuic use exemption for TRT to which Belfort responded.

“If a question is private, I have the choice to answer or not. If I make it public, it’s not private anymore,” Belfort stated. “If I want to say something private I will say it, but I keep to myself and I respect the laws of the sport. Whatever the organization, whatever the law – they know what to do.

“This is too controversial, why am I going to say something that doesn't accomplish anything? If it’s legal, they know what to do. If it’s legal, there’s nothing to say about it. It’s legal.”


The answer reveals that Belfort will simply not confirm or deny whether he has used TRT which leaves people pondering... if you have nothing to hide, why not simply answer the question?


TRT is not illegal, but nonetheless it no doubt helps give an edge back to fighters that naturally don't have it either due to age or medical conditions (see Dennis Hallman). It's use should not be confused with the talent and skill that a fighter possesses, but no doubt it raises questions and debate on what an even playing field is.

Dana White and others have discredited TRT use exemptions and have called them a 'loop hole in the system'.

Belfort is certainly no stranger to the concept of raiing your testosterone levels. He tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone after his fight with Dan Henderson at Pride 32 in 2006 which he was suspended 9 months and fined $10000.

Picture Timeline:

UFC 12 The Phenom before the UFC was sanctioned




2006 Pride 32 Elevated levels of 4-hydroxytestosterone


2007 Cage Rage 21 First fight after suspension Ivan Serati



2009 UFC 103 First fight back in the UFC against Rich Franklin


2012 UFC 152 against Jon Jones


2013 UFC on FX 7 against Michael Bisping



Do you think Vitor is on TRT?

_RIVAL_ 02-04-2013 10:29 AM

He's gonna look more cut in that final weigh in... it's the only weigh in pictured that he was at 185. Even when he fought Franklin it was at a 195lb catch weight.

Canadian Psycho 02-04-2013 10:29 AM

Yes. But it's legal and he's yet to test positive for elevated levels. So not an issue.

Term 02-04-2013 10:52 AM

If his levels are within the excepted range then it really doesn't matter. It's not like it makes you superman.

TheNinja 02-04-2013 11:38 AM

I honestly would have zero issue with TRT. But when they allow your testosterone levels to go up to 6:1 while on it..WTF:confused02: That is just insane. You are now talking gorilla like strength. I just wish it was more like the Olympics and set at a 2:1 level. No human is going to produce levels over 2:1 naturally.

OHKO 02-04-2013 11:50 AM

Definitely. We will see tomorrow. UFC is releasing a statement right?

SideWays222 02-04-2013 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheNinja (Post 1772114)
I honestly would have zero issue with TRT. But when they allow your testosterone levels to go up to 6:1 while on it..WTF:confused02: That is just insane. You are now talking gorilla like strength. I just wish it was more like the Olympics and set at a 2:1 level. No human is going to produce levels over 2:1 naturally.

:laugh:

Go shake a Gorillas hand and let me know if you think Chael can match the strength. Dont blame me if the gorilla pulls the arm right off you though.

Ape City 02-04-2013 12:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheNinja (Post 1772114)
I honestly would have zero issue with TRT. But when they allow your testosterone levels to go up to 6:1 while on it..WTF:confused02: That is just insane. You are now talking gorilla like strength. I just wish it was more like the Olympics and set at a 2:1 level. No human is going to produce levels over 2:1 naturally.

That isn't true. Elite athletes have been shown to produce ratios at 4:1.

The Horticulturist 02-04-2013 01:34 PM

Yes I think he does and I don't think it's a bad thing for him.

I'm not basing my opinion on what he looks like.. I'm judging him based on his previous failed test, and his ridiculous Sandusky-style responses to questions about TRT recently..

I sit there screaming "Just tell us if you did it or you didn't *******er!"

If you are accused of something and you didn't do it, you would just say you didn't..

It's one thing to do it, but it's another thing to hide it.

TheNinja 02-04-2013 01:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ape City (Post 1772274)
That isn't true. Elite athletes have been shown to produce ratios at 4:1.

Really??? Where??? I would love to see the link to this. Since the Olympics only allows 2:1. And how rare are we talking here?


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