Vitor Belfort, who fought Anderson Silva for the UFC Middleweight title in Las Vegas back in 2011 is confident he'll be licensed again in that state despite their ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and the unreleased results of a surprise drug test he was administered in Nevada in February.
At the time of the drug test, Belfort had been booked to face current MW champ Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24th in Las Vegas. The results of the test have not been released because Belfort was not licensed to fight in Nevada at that point.
He spoke to MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz about his efforts to get licensed again in Nevada.
"My intention is to fight for the belt. I got a license in Brazil from the exams I did. What I want now is get licenses in every state because the UFC is a global company, and I want to fight whenever there's a fight. If I need a license to fight in Mars, I'm ready," Belfort said.
"We're going to contact (the NSAC), as we're going to contact every other state commission," he said. "I'm focused on a goal, and every day is time to smash the grapes.
Cruz asked if the February test results would be an issue for him getting licensed in Nevada again.
"Not at all, even because I was in treatment. The only thing is that I didn't have the license (to use it) in Nevada.
"I always did all the exams. When I was doing the TRT treatment I did exams every week, so I have all the history. That's really serious and I have good doctors. I was always very responsible with that."
However when Cruz asked a follow up question about the results of the February test, Belfort's wife and manager Joana Prado got on the phone.
"That (subject) is closed," Prado said. "You already have the answer from the lawyer, the UFC and everybody else."