anyone who knows me well here knows i am an unabashed vitor fan/lover/toe sucker/etc. and that i have wasted far too much time & energy responding to the same used and abused digs against the old lion. i have heard the ignorant (he was never good until TRT), the presumptive (just LOOK at him...you KNOW he's been using his whole career), and the wholly inaccurate (he's only fought in brazil ever since he started using). the seemingly endless vitor threads are a veritable gold mine for tommy, jesse, and the gang so i won't waste amy time asking them to relent. well, maybe just this once: Gentlemen - for all that is good and holy, PLEASE stop.
moving on. in light of the knowledge that these will never stop - i now arrive at the crux of my purpose here. i'm done. i will use this medium to express all i have to say about vitor (mostly in his defense because, ya know - i love him) and then i will remain silent in all vitor threads until the conclusion of his next fight, at which time i will once again venture to the vitor threads to either eat crow, because a TRT-less, shriveled up vitor has been decimated by a seemingly inferior opponent, OR to stand atop the
mountains comment sections and shout from the rooftops "I TOLD YOU SUCKAS!!!"
so here we go. in october 2006, vitor failed a post-fight drug test in nevada,following his match with dan henderson at pride 32. belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone and offered two potential explanations for the presence of the chemical in his system. one was an otc supplement (max tribustak - which is/was sold in nutrition stores and does, in fact, contain 4-hydroxytestosterone). the other possible scenario included injections he received from his physician following surgery to repair his meniscus a few months prior. brazilian endocrinologist dr. rodrigo greco provided a letter to the nevada state athletic commission stating that he gave belfort post surgical injections containing testosterone. belfort was informed that while he may have been unaware the drugs were introduced to his system, he was still liable/responsible. ultimately, he was suspended for nine months and fined $10,000.
that and that alone subjected vitor to the generally vitriolic and ill-willed criticism he is routinely referenced with on message boards everywhere. his legendary career achievements have been discounted, his character attacked, his haircut mocked (ok, maybe that one is warranted), and his name generally defamed over ONE highly debatable test result - most of the time by "men" who presume most athletes (particularly fighters) are abusing some type of PED. we know the eye test is accurate, right? i mean, just LOOK at tim sylvia and josh barnett. but all logic and reason gets thrown out the window when vitor is the subject.
even if you do not accept his explanation(s), one has to admit there is no definitive way to know with complete certainty if he intended to cheat or continued to cheat, but that is no deterrent to those individuals who state with absolute conviction that vitor is the devil and all that is wrong with mma can be traced to him. according to these idiots, i'm pretty sure he also shot jfk, single-handedly cause the economy crisis, and orchestrated 9/11. one can obviously deduce that vitor is pure evil and jesus hates him. to me, it is unfathomable that a generally good-natured guy with ridiculous talent is so hated by the very people he entertains with his ability.
in regard to the surprise test in february of this year: calling it a "failed" test is either disingenuous or outright slanderous. the people who are most familiar with the situation regard it as follows: irrelevant (dana), inconclusive (physicians), private (vitor), obvious (rogan) because they know what happens when you test a man on a TRT regimen for TRT...you find TRT. the very reasons dana was against TRT and TUEs was because of this type of result. the science is not entirely exact and T ratios (which are widely circulated AND wildly misunderstood/misinterpreted) will vary greatly within the first few days following an injection. this is why fighters with a TUE have actually competed with LOW ratios because they were concerned with taking a prescribed dose too close to fight night.
this is already too long, so i'll end with this: many people believe that a large percentage of fighters are using some form of PEDs and a long list of fighters have tested positive for banned substances. among those, several have been issued TUEs during the course of TRTs legal use in mma. of ALL those included in those lists, NONE have received the kind of scrutiny and outright hate that has been directed at vitor belfort. NO ONE. not repeat offenders, not big names, not champions, not contenders. i'll leave it to you to decide why...
(pssst - it's because he is awesome!)