Dana White Discusses Recent Banning of TRT and Vitor Belfort's Current Standing
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 03.08.2014
Belfort's still potentially in line for a title shot...
After the weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England yesterday, UFC President Dana White commented on the recent banning of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the UFC's policy of enforcing the ban where there are no governing MMA regulatory bodies in place and also encouraging other athletic commissions to enforce Nevada's ban. Below are some highlights.
White's thoughts on fighters such as Vitor Belfort who need time to get off their TRT regiment: "I don't care. If you need that stuff to perform and compete, you probably shouldn't perform or compete any more. Have I flip-flopped ever on my stance on this stuff? (If) it goes away, I don't give a s–t. Not my problem. That fight, the whole Vitor (Belfort) thing, that battle is not my battle. That's Vitor's battle."
Belfort on if he's still in line to receive a title shot provided he can get approval to fight after going off TRT: "Sure, he's still in line. That doesn't take him out of line at all. The fights he's won, he's won. And I can tell you this: Every time he was tested by us (while on TRT), he was within his levels (of acceptable testosterone in his system). He was where he was supposed to be. And I also told you guys we were going to test the s–t out of him, and we did. He was always within his levels."
White on his stance on the TRT issue: "I never f–king flip-flopped, never did I flip-flop. I said right off the bat I don't like it, that we shouldn't use it. I get it. It's science. I even said it's a loophole in the system. What happens is, you have science (that) goes out there and create this thing where men as they get older get lower testosterone and they can build your testosterone back up. But of course, you're always going to have guys that (say), ‘Well, if this much brings me back to normal, where does this take me?' That's always going to happen if you have a loophole in the system. I've been the guy who's been vocal about it and said it should go away, and if you don't think that had an impact on why it went away, you're crazy."
White on cheating in the sport and fairness: "I don't like cheating whether it's with drugs – I don't like fighters getting ripped off by referees. I don't like fighters getting ripped off by judges. I don't like any of that. I like a fair playing field, and everybody's given the opportunity, and everything should be fair. That's why I've been screaming about athletic commissions getting the right judges and refs, and I could care less if TRT goes away. There's a loophole that was there. Now it's gone."