Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is -- and will continue be -- the main topic of discussion ahead of the upcoming and yet-to-be announced UFC middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
Belfort, as we know, has fought his last three bouts among suspicion in Brazil. The UFC has recently announced the next middleweight title fight will take place in either May or July in Las Vegas, but had it been Brazil as the country of choice, many would have been up in arms about it.
Weidman would have been one of those people.
As a guest on SiriusXM Fight Club earlier this week, the reigning middleweight champion explained how he didn't have to argue or put up a fight about the location for his second title defense.
"They just said right away that it was happening in Vegas," Weidman said.
"I had nothing to do with the decision at all. Zero. I was waiting for them after the fight with Anderson and it was always a question in my mind. ‘I wonder where they are going to make us fight,' and right away they said it was going to happen in May or July in Vegas. So I was like ‘good.'"
Prior to facing Anderson Silva for the first time, Weidman was champing at the bit to fight in Brazil. He wanted to "have the big obstacles" in his way, slay the lion in his own den, and leave "no doubters" when he defeated "The Spider." For this fight, though, the champion said, "Vitor is a different story."
Weidman is clearly among the doubters of Belfort's sudden surge at his age in his last three head kick knockout victories against Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson. Having the fight in "Sin City" would assure there is nothing funny going on behind the scenes.
Now that the location of the fight is set, the next question is whether or not Belfort will get a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in Las Vegas, the city that suspended him for using steroids back in his fight against Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 in 2006.
There has been speculation out of Belfort's camp that he may or may not apply for an exemption.
Although having a stance against TRT, Weidman brought up an interesting point, and would actually be for Belfort getting an exemption for their fight, because it would mean rampant testing throughout his camp, as opposed to just a pre or post-fight drug test, where cheaters know how to work the system and avoid getting caught.
"I don't know how it works," Weidman said. "I just asked Lorenzo (Fertitta) ... and he said that [Belfort] is going to try to get the TRT. But whether he gets it or not, I was happy to hear that we will be tested and stuff like that. He (Fertitta) would be surprised if we didn't get tested throughout the camp..."
"Because what I heard is... Someone else told me that if he doesn't apply for the TRT -- because I heard that he wasn't going to apply at first -- if he doesn't apply, then he doesn't get tested during the camp and stuff like that, so then he would be able to take whatever he wants and cycle off like these other guys do. If he gets the TRT then he has to get tested all the time. So, I was like ‘I wonder where he is going with this.' So I don't know... I'm just happy to hear that because he failed a drug test before, that he will get tested."