Vitor Belfort has spent much of the last year on the defensive. Already under scrutiny for what some felt was a testosterone replacement therapy fueled career resurgence, Belfort failed a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test for elevated testosterone, leading to the end of TRT exemptions in the state.
While the NSAC came down light on him for the failed test, Belfort is now (theoretically) unable to use the therapy to get his testosterone to “normal” levels.
This led to Luke Rockhold stating that he was keeping himself ready for a call to replace Belfort in his UFC middleweight title fight against Chris Weidman.
“His body is going to fall apart. It’s too frail, you know what I mean? He’s been doing this shit for too long. And, if he realizes he can’t compete off of it, he’s probably going to try and slip something in and then he’s going to get popped with a test,” Rockhold said. ” I just think some way or another, he’s somehow going to fall out. So, I’m just going to be ready.”
Belfort, for his part, doesn’t seem too bothered by the criticism from Rockhold, a fighter he knocked out last may.
Belfort told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, “That playboy is still in shock from the kick. He’s in shock. People are in shock. That’s the word. Lions don’t apologize for being lions. I don’t. It is what it is.”
He would continue, referencing his eighteen years in the fight game, “In 2004, I became the light heavyweight champion. I’m so glad that I’m still here, and I think that affects a lot of people, and give joy to a lot of people. A lot of guys they are just mama’s boys with powder in their butts.”
“Eighteen years ago, all of these boys were in high school, and right now they think they are going to use me as a ladder? But the ladder is so high, the altitude is so high they cannot breathe. Hey bro, the altitude is too high.”
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