Now that Vitor Belfort is off TRT, Brazilian commission sees no reason for extra testing

Chris Trotman

Vitor Belfort has been cleared to fight in Brazil, and the commission says that he'll be treated like any other fighter in terms of testing requirements.

While the Nevada State Athletic Commission's shifted stance on testosterone replacement therapy may have meant at least a few new tests and precautions for Dan Henderson in his upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier, it appears that one fighter will have no such hoops to jump through. At least not in his home country. MMAFighting reports that Vitor Belfort has not only been cleared to train in Brazil, but that he won't face any increased testing or monitoring in order to do so. Dr. Mario Tannure, the commission's medical director stated that "Since he doesn't have a license to use TRT anymore, he would be tested like any other fighter."

He went on to reinforce those statements and to make it clear that the Brazilian Athletic commission would have no trouble licensing Belfort to fight immediately.

"As far as license with the (CABMMA), he would be able to fight no problem," he said. "He would be tested like any other fighter. If he failed any test, he would be suspended like any other regular fighter."

Tannure also stated that Brazil would be looking to adopt a policy on further testing for athletes that have failed drug tests under the CABMMA in the past, but that such a policy wouldn't apply to Belfort, as "he never tested positive here."

Unfortunately, these are exactly the kind of concerns raised by fighters like Dan Henderson and Roy Nelson, that former TRT users would be able to just go back to regular steroid use, without the kind of commission oversight they were getting under an official exemption. That may not be the case in places like Nevada, which have moved toward more stringent testing of former TRT users, but unless the rest of the commissions follow suit, Nevada could be one of a few minor oases in the regulation desert.

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