This is surprising, yeah?
Listen, over the last few months, every time you hear the name “Vitor Belfort” the topic of TRT comes up. Many of the people defending him state that he does it right (blah, blah, blah), etc. You would hear about how he’d set up private drug tests in Florida and everything in between.
My point is this: if you are doing everything right and have nothing to hide, then why worry about drug tests? Even recently, Vitor said that he’d compete without TRT if needed. Him withdrawing from the fight with Chris Weidman tells me a few things — 1.) he is not doing everything by the book; 2.) the UFC knew this, which is why they kept him in Brazil when he went on that little ‘cute‘ winning streak down there.
(EDIT: The above makes me smirk, as it’s now obvious as to why the Wanderlei Silva/Chael Sonnen fight was moved to Brazil for May 31st.)
It’s time to clean the sport up. Hopefully this opens everyone’s eyes and shows how 95% of the fighters on TRT are using it for an advantage.
If Vitor was smart he would’ve been doing 500-1000 IU of hcG here and there while on TRT, y’know, to keep his testicles alive and working. At least then he would have some reserve endogenous (internal) testosterone. But since I’m pretty sure hcG is also a banned substance, I’m guessing Vitor wasn’t using it right. He should’ve also been using an aromatase inhibitor like arimidex while on TRT, but again, the same applies. So, assuming he’s been taking just testosterone he should taper off slowly. Once off the TRT, it should be a regimen of hcG+Nolvadex or clomid for 4-6 weeks, while simultaneously supplementing with OTC (over the counter) supplements like vitamin D, C, E, selenium, zinc, magnesium and N.A.C. (N-Acetyl-Cysteine). After that, 0.5 mgs of Arimidex every 3-4 days fo another month, also tapering off. Just some thoughts.
Lyoto Machida has stepped into Belfort’s place to take on Weidman for the Middleweight title on May 24th.