UFC middleweight Michael Bisping recently spoke out about UFC on FX 7 opponent Vitor Belfort’s use of controversial Testosterone Replacement Therapy (or TRT) ahead of their recent bout. Bisping, an outspoken critic of TRT in MMA, released a statement via his blog that sought to close the door on the Belfort issue as he looks ahead to facing Alan Belcher at UFC 159.
“As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don’t like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.
Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear. I don’t feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now. All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally. A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don’t understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone.
All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk. I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way. That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher’s ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.
Thanks everyone for their support – can’t wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.”
Belfort was suspended in 2006 for nine months after testing positive for high levels of testosterone following his PRIDE 32 bout with Dan Henderson. Belfort had received surgical injections of testosterone while recuperating from a knee injury and was apparently not made aware that the shots contained the banned anabolic steroid. The Nevada State Athletic Commission upheld his suspension despite the claim of ignorance.
NSAC was the commission that granted, and monitored, the Brazilian a therapeutic use exemption for TRT prior to the bout in Brazil last month.