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Vitor Belfort explains equality suggestion for PEDs: ‘Everybody's guilty until they're tested’

Former UFC champion Vitor Belfort explains his ‘equality’ stance on PED drug testing.

Several weeks ago, while in California for UFC 184, Vitor Belfort informed the media that he was disappointed with the lack of equality in the drug testing patterns, as he had been drug tested seven times ahead of his title fight against Chris Weidman. While the Brazilian has traditionally been a lightning rod of controversy with regards to PEDs, he believes it is unfair that he was subjected to more drug testing than his opponent.

Hours later, Weidman responded to Belfort's comments with cynicism, and added that he hopes "there's seven more." This prompted Belfort to delve into his grievances on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.

"What I meant is this: the sport is coming towards a big change," Belfort said. "Let's talk about uniforms. You see this? (Points to sponsor's shirt.) These are the people that I have a big contract with. Big contract. Lots of money. So now I've gotta go to them and say, ‘Listen, I cannot have you guys inside the cage because we have these guys that sponsor UFC, this big company, that people are only going to be allowed to wear them. And in their mind, they say, ‘Okay. But they will pay you what we pay?' And I say, ‘No, I don't have anything with them.' And we have a lot of discussions -- it's right, it's not right, people like it, people don't like it. But you know, I understand that things have to be done today for the future.

"So as a businessman, I was talking about (wanting) something to be fair. It's a rule, everybody has to follow the rule.

Last month, the UFC announced a new plan to implement comprehensive out-of-competition random PED testing. The plan would be coupled with harsher punishments to deter potential abusers from the substances. While Belfort is more than happy to comply with the new approach, he believes it should be affect all fighters the same, not just previous offenders.

"I didn't talk about my fight -- as a businessman I was talking about my future. They drug test everybody. Forty-percent (of fighters), they fail drug tests. Forty. That's a big amount. So now they come with these new rules. These new rules, to work, everybody's guilty until they're tested. So if we want to be right, if someone is going to fight for the belt, it doesn't matter if it's Vitor Belfort or if it's Joe Joseph or if it's Ricardo. It doesn't matter the name. It should be equal. Everybody has to be treated equal. It doesn't matter if this is a rule. I'm just talking about what I think is fair. Not about me. Nothing about me. I could pass it everyday, I don't care. But I'm saying, for something to work, for the future of our sport, everybody has to be treated the same."

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