Nevada bans TRT testosterone replacement therapy, Lyoto Machida replaces Vitor Belfort at UFC 173

After Nevada's ban on TRT, Lyoto Machida will replace Vitor Belfort at UFC 173

2/28/14 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

May 18, 2013; Jaragua do Sul, BRAZIL; Vitor Belfort (red shorts) celebrates after defeating  Luke Rockhold (not pictured) during UFC on FX 8 at ARena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY SportsVitor Belfort's reign as a TRT-driven title contender in the UFC is over.

Belfort's career resurrection came with the help of testosterone replacement therapy, which is now illegal in Nevada.

Most of the UFC's events are held in Las Vegas, and it's also likely that other state athletic commissions will follow suit and ban it in other states, so Belfort is going to have to figure out how to manage his career without it.

For now, Belfort's fight at UFC 173 in May is off. Lyoto Machida will replace him and fight middleweight champion Chris Weidman for the belt.

Apparently Belfort and his camp decided that they needed some extra time to clean out his system and prepare for the fight without TRT assistance.

He released a statement about his decision:
"The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions, and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time."

We'll see if Belfort can come back strong but for now, Machida will get a crack at the belt.
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3/1/14   |   jjh8857   |   344 respect

I thought those guys looked like that because they took their Flintstones & worked out. I am shocked!