Vitor Belfort has decided to get out the results of his surprise drug test early, before he steps in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission later this month to ask for his fight license.
Belfort is replacing Wanderlei Silva and meeting Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 6. He was given a test earlier this year, and the results were kept confidential until now.
“The results of the February 7, 2014 test indicated that my testosterone level was above the therapeutic range,” Belfort wrote on Instagram. “While levels slightly outside the normal therapeutic range are not uncommon for someone undergoing a TRT regimen, and my doctors immediately modified my therapy to return me to within the therapeutic range (as you can see the 22nd February test results was normal), I do want to acknowledge that the February 7, 2014 test indicated my level was above the range.”
Belfort continued, saying he has “taken several subsequent tests…and the results of each test indicate my levels were either normal or below normal.”
Both the UFC and NAC have banned the use of TRT going forward. That decision was made shortly after the test was given to Belfort, who previously failed a drug test in the state.
“Now that I’m applying for a license in Nevada, I don’t wan any clouds hanging over my ability to compete and I understand it is my responsibility to prove to the NSAC that I have the requisite fitness to be licensed in Nevada,” he wrote. “I look forward to fighting on July 5, 2014 in Las Vegas and again proving that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”
Belfort has won three straight, all via knockout, to become the No. 1 contender to the middleweight title. He was removed from a planned May title fight with Chris Weidman after the banning of TRT.
The UFC released a statement following Belfort’s remarks:
“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.”