Vitor Belfort claims to have passed all required drug tests on his own, now ‘ready and waiting’ for his title shot

Ethan Miller

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort claims to have completed all the required drug tests for the NSAC, and is asking the UFC to give him a title shot in 2014.

Vitor Belfort claims to have completed all the necessary drug tests to secure licensure in the State of Nevada.

The former UFC light-heavyweight champion was at the Arnold Classic Brasil, where he spoke with MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz about his current position with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

"I did all the tests that Nevada requires," Belfort told MMAFighting.com. "I did it on my own, and I passed them all. There is nothing in my system anymore. God has blessed me. I'm ready now, and I'm waiting. Since they canceled (Weidman vs. Machida) in May, there is nothing else to do. Give me what is mine."

The commission took the decision to ban TRT in combat sports in February, which produced a domino effect that ultimately saw Belfort removed from the title fight and replaced with fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida.

Belfort, who is not officially cleared by the NSAC to fight in Nevada, plans on meeting with the commission "soon" to arrange his licensure.

While he does not truly expect to replace Lyoto Machida in July, he does believe that he is close to a title shot and will be ready in case a late replacement is required.

"Anything can happen in the UFC. Dan Henderson will fight for the title if he wins his next fight. Anything can happen in the UFC. I have to fight and I have to win. That's what matters.

It should be noted that Belfort was subjected to a random drug test administered by the NSAC three weeks before his removal from the UFC 173 main event. The result for that test, which was taken on February 7, was never revealed, and it appears that Belfort has no intention of discussing the result of that particular test.

The NSAC could not reveal the result of the test because Belfort was tested prior to submitting an application for licensure in Nevada, and did not provide consent outside of the application to release the results.

Belfort previously failed a post-fight drug test back in October 2006 for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone.


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