Well after yesterdays news about TRT being banned in all combat sports, (see the article below this one) is anyone surprised that Vitor Belfort, a TRT user has pulled out of UFC 173 and Lyoto Machida has stepped in to replace him?
Machida poses a formidable challenge for Weidman, as his elusive style, speed, and ability to avoid the take down are pretty much the neutralizers needed to beat the young champion.
Vitor Belfort released this statement shortly after pulling out of the fight:
“The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently altered its policy and no longer will permit testosterone use exemptions and will not permit a TRT program. As other jurisdictions may follow suit, I am going to drop my TRT program and compete in MMA without it. Given the time constraints involved between now and my proposed next bout in May, I have determined not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada at this time.”
One can only guess what’s next for the Brazilian “Phenom” now that he’s been pulled off the very therapy that many believe is behind his recent success. Anyone clamoring to see Wand vs. Belfort II in 6-8 months after the Sonnen fight? I think it would be interesting at this point with Vitor off the juice. Dan Henderson is another fighter to watch regarding retirement now, as he’s depended on TRT to help him keep up with younger fighters well into his 40′s.
What do you guys think about the new title fight at UFC 173? Does this change the outcome in anyone’s mind?
Look out Chael and Vitor, your time at the top may be over. Today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to ban TRT entirely in boxing and mixed martial arts, no longer giving exemptions for fighters.
This will mean that Vitor Belfort will not be able to use the juice for his upcoming fight with champion Chris Weidman, and that Chael Sonnen will not be given an exemption for his fight with Wanderlei Silva. Well, that is if the Brazilian Commission falls in line, which, they don’t seem to care what Nevada says at this point.
Dana White has said that the UFC will also ban TRT now, universally. This came from the UFC today:
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT),” White stated in the release. “We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”
UFC Fighter Thiago Silva who was booked to fight Ovince St. Preux in March was arrested this morning by Police and Swat who booked him into the Broward County Jail in South Florida on four charges, including aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and resisting an officer without violence, (and shows on his face).
The story is that Thaysa Silva, the wife of Thiago Silva was cheating on him with her Jiujitsu coach Pablo Papovitch and when Thiago found out, he went into the BJJ school toting a gun and threatening the students while trying to hunt down Popovitch. Nobody at the school was harmed and Thiago went home and barricaded himself inside.
Of course the police and swat responded to his residence shortly after, and eventually Thiago was arrested.
The UFC has released a short statement, that paraphrased, would indicate they are not going to rush to judgement until they get the facts all sorted out. Thiago’s mugshot is listed above courtesy of the Broward Sheriff’s Office from earlier this morning.
Oh. My. god. It’s going to happen. Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson went to war at UFC 139 in 2011 and it was Henderson that pulled out the unanimous decision in what many dubbed one of the best light heavyweight battles of all time.
The two are set to go again, as Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua have both been up and down trying to find their groove again whilst showing their respective ages in MMA years.
Who takes it this time in Brazil? Will Shogun win in front of the home crowd or does Hendo pull a repeat? Something tells me that Shogun will be more polished in his strikes this go around and gets the win via TKO.