Vitor Belfort disses Chris Weidman's 'Fighter of the Year' award win
FEB 12, 2014 1:00p ET
If you have never read or listened to a Vitor Belfort interview lately, allow me to outline his typical talking points:
-“I am an old lion”
-“Much love for the Jesus”
-Something insane about his upcoming fight
-“I need TRT to live”
-Something insane about drug testing in MMA
“Not that it should be me, but he wins because of just one fight? It was shameful. He won one fight. The other he haven't won, it was an accident. ”
As such, Belfort was recently interviewed by Brazilian publication Globo and used the opportunity to not only knock current middleweight champion Chris Weidman – and more specifically, his “Fighter of the Year” win at the 2013 World MMA Awards – but complain that the guys he has been facing aren’t getting drug tested enough. Yup, Vitor Belfort, a busted steroid user currently experiencing a career revitalization with the help of TRT, thinks everyone else should be tested more.
First, his quote about Weidman:
“Not that it should be me, but he wins because of just one fight? It was shameful. He won one fight. The other he haven't won, it was an accident. The ceremony in Las Vegas was pretty cool, but the votes are from the fans, not always they are right.”
Clearly, Vitor does not buy that Weidman’s camp was drilling “The Destruction” technique in the lead up to his leg-shattering victory over Anderson Silva at UFC 168. He also doesn’t seem all that willing to give Weidman credit for KO’ing a guy who did this to Belfort in their first encounter. But let’s get to the real insanity here, a.k.a Belfort’s views on drug testing in the UFC:
“The thing is that many guys use doping during their camps to improve recovery and such. During my camp I'm thoroughly tested. I will now ask for Dana White to test all those guys who fight against me and keep talking.”
“I'll start asking for one thing the UFC. All those who fight against me are always complaining. But I have one thing to say: why they are not tested during the preparation for the fight? The thing is that many guys use doping during their camps to improve recovery and such. During my camp I'm thoroughly tested. I will now ask for Dana White to test all those guys who fight against me and keep talking. The same way that my blood is tested, must test their blood to see if they are not cheating. Many use products that we know, they know that they are mocking and they are talking about me. But in reality, everyone is using during the camp. Get there on time and piss when already out of his body. I do not. I am obliged to draw blood during my camp and after the fight. They do not have to draw blood, it's just pee. Then all the guys who will fight me should do the test with me. Let's see if their hormones are straights or if they are using an illegal substance. We know that there are a lot of cheating out there. They abuse during the camp. I'm a proper man. Let me take the exam. I will be tested, and they will not be tested?
There is no way to prohibit. I have a medical license, I have a pretty serious thing, there is no reason to not allow me. It is a treatment. I have a disability and I do everything right.”
I’m of two minds about this statement, because while Belfort’s desire for increased drug testing during training camps would undoubtedly be a step in the right direction for the sport, it’s also hard to hear such words of wisdom coming from a guy who has not only been busted for steroids in the past, but has now obtained the right to inject himself with what is essentially legalized steroids on account of the “disability” he acquired from taking steroids in the first place. It’s the right thing to say but the wrong guy is saying it, in other words -- like if Vladimir Putin criticized the United States for not recognizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states yet.
Of course, with organizations like the Association of Ringside Physicians coming out in support of the elimination of TRT in combat sports altogether, Belfort’s days as an MMA fighter may be numbered.