Vitor Belfort's wife takes over Phenom-enal career, puts MMA media on blast for drug-testing inquiries

Ethan Miller

There's a new sheriff in town, and her name in Joana Prado.

If you want to get to Vitor Belfort, you must first get through his wife, Joana Prado.

That's because Lady Phenom has taken control of OTD Fight, managing the business side of Belfort's mixed martial arts (MMA) career, which will allow the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC middleweight contender to concentrate on training.

Here's an excerpt from Belfort's conversation with MMA Fighting:

Right before the next question about the result of the surprise [drug] test, the interview was interrupted. Joana Prado, Belfort's wife, picked up the phone and said the fighter wouldn't talk about it.

"That (subject) is closed," Prado said. "You already have the answer from the lawyer, the UFC and everybody else."

Next question.

The exam she was referring to was the surprise drug test administered by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier this year. Because Belfort had not yet applied for his license to compete, the commission was not required to share the results with the media.

When asked if he passed or failed, "The Phenom's" lawyer said the result was irrelevant, because his client had already withdrawn from the UFC 173 pay-per-view (PPV) event in wake of the commission's ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

An answer very similar to the one Belfort gave in Toronto when skirting the TRT issue back in early 2013.

The Brazilian claims he's off TRT and cleared for return in his native Brazil and expects to have his license to fight in Nevada "soon," something UFC President Dana White finds "hilarious."

Don't let Prado hear that!

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