Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Vitor Vieira Belfort, will be taking 90 days to adapt his nutrition and treatment for supporting his extremely hard training routine. This announcement came after the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned testosterone replacement therapy.
The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion has withdrawn from UFC 173, according to officials and his place will be taken by Lyoto Machida who will have a fight against UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman on the upcoming pay-per-view card, which takes place May 24. In a statement, Machida said he is really excited for this opportunity to fight UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and added he is going to train hard and be well prepared for this fight. Weidman said Machida is a dangerous fighter and he knows what it takes to become champion. He added Machida has been on his radar since he dropped to 185, so he is looking forward to defending the title against him at UFC 173 in May. UFC 173 is scheduled to take place May 24, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Belfort said he never gave up fighting in UFC 173 and never mentioned it. He said the UFC decided to put another opponent in his place because he didn't have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC and added that according to the UFC, he will face the winner of Weidman versus Lyoto within the new regulations of all the athletic commissions.
The NSAC recently voted unanimously to impose a ban on the controversial therapeutic use of testosterone. Minutes after, the UFC made an announcement that it would no longer grant TRT exemptions for any of the events that are governed by it in regions without a governing body to oversee fight cards. In a press statement, White said the Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). He added we also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events and we encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.
After this announcement, Belfort was prompted to forego applying for a license to fight in the state of Nevada and withdraw from the May pay-per-view. The UFC fighter added that will no longer be undergoing testosterone replacement therapy and said he has decided to fight in mixed martial arts without it from now on.
Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White said Lyoto Machida earned his title shot after he dominated his last two fights after dropping to the middleweight division from the 205-pound ranks. In a statement, White said Machida has earned this shot at Weidman, who’s coming off two straight wins over the greatest fighter of all time, Anderson Silva and added that Machida wants nothing more than to avenge the losses of his friend and training partner, and become just the third fighter in the UFC history to win titles in two separate weight classes.