Michael Bisping releases statement on Vitor Belfort's TUE for TRT at UFC on FX 7

Ryan Pierse

UFC middleweight bad-boy Michael Bisping has broken his silence regarding the news that Vitor Belfort was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT) for his UFC on FX 7 bout with "The Count," a bout which Belfort won by second-round technical-knockout. Read the statement below.

As some of you may know, I've just got back to Orange County from filming a movie in England. There have been dozens and dozens of interview requests and tweets about the recent news.

I'm back in England next week for the UFC on FUEL show, and right now all I really want to do is see my family, especially my daughter, who turned just turned 10 (happy birthday, Elle!). So, I wanted to do a short statement here and then move on to my fight with Alan Belcher, April 27th at UFC 159.

Here's what I've got to say:

As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don't like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.

Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear. I don't feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now. All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally. A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don't understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone.

All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk. I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way. That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher's ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.

Thanks everyone for their support - can't wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.

-- The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 3 winner and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Michael Bisping (23-5) released statement on his official website regarding the recently publicized news that Vitor Belfort was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT) in the lead-up to his UFC on FX 7 main event bout against the British fighter. Bisping hits the obvious point in his statement, wondering why "The Phenom" was granted a TUE when he tested positive for banned substances back in 2006, but remained humble throughout his statement, refusing to make any excuses for his loss. The 33-year-old was clearly unaware of the fact Belfort was on TRT going into the fight, as the Brazilian commission who handled drug testing for the Jan. 19, 2013, event did not disclose Belfort's TUE until well after the event took place. Bisping had a chance to earn a fight with middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva with a victory over Belfort, but had those chances dashed away when the Brazilian connected with a picture-perfect head-kick in the second round. There is absolutely zero chance this is the last we have heard from Bisping on this matter, but for now he is remaining focused on getting back in the win column when he takes on Alan Belcher in the co-main event of UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" on April 27, 2013 in New Jersey.

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