UFC quick quote: Vitor Belfort fights in Brazil because he does well, not because Dana White wants him to pass TRT tests

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Viva, Brazil! There is a reason "The Phenom" is competing in front of his hometown fans, and it has nothing to do with his reliance on testosterone, according to UFC President Dana White.

"I think Vitor has been unjustly beat down for the TRT thing. You guys know how I feel about TRT. But he's done everything the right way and been within the limits he's supposed to be in. He will end up fighting in the States. He's been fighting in Brazil because he does well in Brazil. There's no conspiracy. I would never, and Lorenzo (Fertitta) would never put a guy down in Brazil because we think he'll pass down there and won't pass somewhere else. And the guys that regulate Brazil are the same fucking guys who pulled Gustafsson out of the fight for the cut. Same guys. And it's not like I was a big fan of their decision in (Sweden). So it's not like they're doing me any favors or we have some yahoo buddy-buddy relationship."

Sorry, conspiracy theorists, but Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Vitor Belfort is not hiding from stateside regulation by competing in his native Brazil, he just happens to perform his best in front of a hometown crowd (3-0 in Brazil since his UFC return). "The Phenom" has been put under the microscope by fans and media members after finally revealing that he was undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), perhaps unfairly, according to UFC President Dana White. After all, the world's top mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter "tests the shit" out of everyone on TRT -- Belfort included -- and told reporters at last weekend's UFC 161 media scrum (watch it here) that sooner or later, the former two-time champion will, in fact, return to the U.S. for a fight at 185 pounds. Just don't expect it to be in Las Vegas, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

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