Vitor Belfort 'The Phenom' has admitted he failed a random drug test by the Nevada Athletic Commission in February as his testosterone levels were outside of the legal limits.
Belfort posted laboratory reports that revealed his testosterone level on February 7 was 1472 milligrams per deciliter, which is considered to be "above therapeutic range." Belfort modified his testosterone replacement therapy regimen and his testosterone levels dropped to a more reasonable 681 mg/Dl within two weeks according to a test result dated February 22. The UFC middleweight contender added his physicians had immediately modified his therapy to return him to within the therapeutic range.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently unanimously voted in favor of banning testosterone replacement therapy in combat sports.
In a statement, Belfort remarked the NSAC recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions. He added he in anticipation for his hearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) wants to address questions concerning a drug test he took back on February 7, 2014, that was requested by the NSAC. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion added he was considering filing for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from the NSAC at the time that test was taken. The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion added he further confirmed to the NSAC, in writing, the widely known fact that he was then presently on TRT and had been for many years leading up to that test and that he had further taken the TRT dosage recommended by his doctors the day prior.
Belfort further revealed this test on February 7, 2014 indicated that his testosterone level was above the therapeutic range and he has released the results of all the test noted above and will provide the same to NSAC for their consideration as part of his licensing application. Belfort added he further welcomes any additional testing that the NSAC deems appropriate and necessary with respect to being granted the privilege of a license to fight in the State of Nevada. Vitor Belfort also remarked the NSAC banned all TRT and he stopped his TRT treatment that very same day and he is now applying for a license in Nevada.
The UFC fighter added he does not want any clouds hanging over his ability to compete and he understands it is his responsibility to prove to the NSAC that he has the requisite fitness to be licensed in Nevada. He concluded by saying that he truly appreciates and thank the Commission for considering his application, and he is looking forward to providing any information and answering any questions that the NSAC might have on June 17 and added if the NSAC sees fit to grant the application, he looks forward to fighting on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas and again proving that he is one of the best fighters in the world.
Meanwhile, the UFC offered its support for 'The Phenom' in an official statement and remarked the UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process.