It seems as if Vitor Belfort might have a chance to prove all of his doubters and naysayers wrong when he faces Chris Weidman for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title later this year.
Glenn Robinson -- Vitor's manager -- revealed during his appearance on The MMA Hour that he doesn't think "The Phenom" will apply for therapeutic use exemption (TUE) should the bout take place in the United States in order to have permission to undergo the controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
While Robinson couldn't confirm the Brazilian bomber's plans during his interview, he strongly believes Belfort will likely pass on applying for a TUE should the bout go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, or anywhere else in the U.S., for that matter.
"I don't believe so. It's something that him and I have not discussed. He trains with us, but most of his, because he's been in the game for so long, everything for him is pretty well set. So Joana (Belfort's wife) does most of his day-to-day stuff. And it's nothing that they've talked to me about. I don't think they will (file for a TUE) to be honest with you, but it's nothing they've talked to me about so I really couldn't answer you straight."
While many have credited Vitor's recent success to TRT and the fact that he's racked up three straight impressive first-round knockout (KO) wins against Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson in Brazil -- a place some feel doesn't have a strict drug-testing system intact -- Robinson says Vitor's recent run is all part of his hard work in the gym.
"Everyone has a lot of opinions, but Vitor Belfort is the way he is, not because...Vitor has been nominated, ESPN has him up for an award for his kick against Luke Rockhold. And they said it was the trajectory of the kick, and the angle and all that -- none of that was taught by TRT, so it's all ridiculous. He trains two or three times a day. He gets up, he's dedicated, even if he's having a rough day or tired day, he pushes through it. And he doesn't let anything change his focus -- he's extremely focused. One of the most focused people I've ever met in my life. And that's why he wins fights."
Of course, should the 185-pound title fight against "All American" go down in "Sin City" and should Belfort indeed go ahead and file for an exemption, his chances of getting approved are a lot greater now than they were before as Kieth Kizer recently announced he would be stepping down as head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
But, then again, if Belfort chooses to pass on the TRT for the title fight and manages to dethrone Weidman, he'll likely silence all of his critics, once and for all.
Something to think about.