Vitor Belfort Releases Documents Showing His Testosterone Levels Dropped After UFC 173 Test
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.06.2014
They went back down in additional tests...
Vitor Belfort has released several lab tests showing that his spike in testosterone levels displayed in a random drug test dropped down to therapeutic levels in additional tests, most of which were commissioned by him. MMAjunkie reports that Belfort's serum testosterone levels went from on the high side of normal for adult men up to over the limit and then dropped under the level considered to be healthy.
Belfort said in a statement that he had considered applying for a TUE for his fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 173 but that his results compromised the ability to do so. He is applying for a license to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 and will appear before the NSAC on June 17th for an evaluation of his application.
The results of the test are as below per MMAjunkie:
- The fighter's first test was performed on Feb. 1 at Dr. G's Urgent Care in Delray Beach, Fla., and analyzed by Solstas Lab Partners in Greensboro, N.C. The result, which came on Feb. 15 (two weeks prior to his removal from UFC 173), showed his testosterone level was 855.82 ng/dL. The lab defined the normal range as between 300-890 ng/dL.
- On Feb. 22, Belfort returned to Dr. G's Urgent Care and underwent another test, which came back with a level of 681.28 ng/dL. Nearly one month later, his level dropped to 201.45, below the level considered normal by Solstas and LabCore.
- In April, Belfort underwent his fourth test in Brazil and apparently registered 291 ng/dL. Several weeks later, in a test analyzed by Quest Diagnostics, another firm frequently utilized by the NSAC, his level was 165 ng/dL.
- The final test, requested by the NSAC, was administered on May 29 and showed Belfort had a serum testosterone level of 142 ng/dL.
Belfort explained in a letter submitted with his test results that his doctors modified his TRT dosage in order to return him to a therapeutic range level, which in fact dropped him below such a level. Belfort has denied claims that he abused TRT. The UFC released the following statement in Belfort's support:
The UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort's application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process. Pending commission approval, we look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.