At a press conference for UFC on FX 8, main event fighter Vitor Belfort was asked about an issue that has dogged him for a little while now - testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. He has been very vague in regards to it in the past but he went on record here, saying that he uses it and the UFC has always known about it. Tatame was there and documented his quote:
"The UFC always knew that I use, do not do it to cheat. I have medical monitoring and UFC also accompanies it. Never broken through anything, always acted cleanly. Do blood tests every week to equal the testosterone levels of a person my age. Many people are averse to treatment. I am not. I am in favor of people being open and fair in what they are doing."
"I do not use and I see no problems, provided it is within the rules. TRT is part of the sport and now I just want to make sure that the fighters are being tested and are at normal levels, "he said, adding that he's seven years younger than his rival feels strong and healthy to compete at a high level.
I'm curious if the UFC is actually involved in his monitoring process or not, since that would be a commission issue in the US.