Vitor Belfort Releases Follow Up Statement, Denies “Giving Up” UFC 173 Fight
By FCF Staff
Vitor Belfort will no longer fight Chris Weidman on May 24th, as a result of the NSAC’s recent decision to ban testosterone-replacement-therapy, and the punishing striker wants to make sure fans understand why.
Not long after the NSAC announced its ruling, Belfort relayed that he is going to stop his use of TRT, and that due to “time constraints” he could not fight Weidman on May 24th. Now the 36 year-old veteran has also released the following statement, in Portuguese, via his Facebook page (translated via Google):
Vitor Belfort withdrew NOT FIGHT WAS REQUIRED TO QUIT. ” “Never give up the fight at UFC 173 and never said that. Therefore, all information published in any medium of communication announcing this is not true.was announced to I’ll be “giving up TRT “and not” giving up the fight “to continue my dream of fighting. UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I do not have the required time to adapt myself to the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, will face the winner of Weidman vs. Lyotto within the new regulations all Athletic Commissions.sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all the fans, sponsors, and UFC’s own athletic commissions. ” Vitor Belfort
Belfort had not yet been cleared by the NSAC to use TRT, as he had been in Brazil, and was set to begin the licensing process. Since the middleweight tested positive for steroids in Nevada in 2006, there was considerable speculation as to whether Belfort would have received a TRT exemption in the state.
With Belfort out of the picture for UFC 173, Lyoto Machida will challenge Weidman on May 24th.