Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, who has been the subject of media scrutiny following his admission of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) earlier this year, regrets losing his cool at last weekend's UFC on FX 8 post-fight press conference (watch it here).
Hey, "heat of the moment" and all that stuff.
"The Phenom" was repeatedly asked about TRT following his sensational knockout win over Luke Rockhold back on May 18, 2013, at Arena Jaragua in Santa Catarina, Brazil (see it again here), and finally blew his stack, asking to have one reporter beaten for pressing the issue.
Turned out to be the "wrong call," according to the Brazilian's twitter.
To all my fans and to all the reporters that was there on the after press conference I would like to ask for forgiveness the way I answer about TRT I RECOGNIZE THAT I ANWSER IN A IMMATURE WAY BUT WAS THE 10 th time that that reporter ask the same question. No excuse!! I made a WORNG call and I am here to ask for forgiveness God bless all you guys love to do what I do and I am keeping moving UP SEEKING GROW AS A MEN OF GOD AND AS A FIGHTER "DONT DOUT ME I WILL PROUVE U WORNG" PEACE
See his original comments here.
The TRT debate has been at the forefront of mixed martial arts (MMA) news, even without Belfort's involvement; however, "The Phenom" has been put under the microscope partly for his lack of disclosure. In addition, he's had the luxury of competing on Brazilian fight cards, out of the reach of stateside commissions that may have an issue with granting him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) based on his previous steroid bust back in 2006.
What a tangled web we weave.
That may or may not be water under the bridge for some fight fans now that Belfort has notched back-to-back knockout wins against two top 185-pound contenders. His next fight could be for the division title, where he will likely be faced with some of the same questions.
How he handles them, remains to be seen.