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UFC Quick Quote: Vitor Belfort can't win big fights without steroids or TRT

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Shots fired! Alan Belcher says ahead of his UFC 159 showdown with Michael Bisping that Vitor Belfort's recent win over "The Count" means nothing because the Brazilian is incapable of winning big fights against the best fighters without the help of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) or testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT).

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"In my mind, this is a fight to get a No. 1 contender fight. Bisping didn't lose to Vitor Belfort in January. When someone cheats with substances, like Belfort has done, it doesn't count as a win. Belfort hasn't proved he can win a big fight without taking steroids or TRT, so I think when I KO Bisping I should get all the recognition for being the first guy to do so since Dan Henderson did at UFC 100."

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Alan Belcher blogs (via Yahoo! Sports) about his upcoming UFC 159: "Jones vs. Sonnen" fight against Michael Bisping and in the process, not-so-subtly takes a shot at former UFC light heavyweight champion and fellow 185-pound contender Vitor Belfort. "The Talent" believes Belfort's victory over Bisping last January (watch it here) should have an asterisk next to it due to the fact the Brazilian was on testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT). Belcher, like many, doesn't think Belfort should be allowed to take TRT due to the fact he failed a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) back in 2006, which may have played a role in "The Phenom" needing TRT treatments. Since Belfort's win over Bisping doesn't carry any weight in the eyes of Belcher, he believes the importance of his fight with "The Count" has been raised and it could really be a No. 1 contenders fight in the weight class. Whether it plays out that way or not remains to be seen, but Belcher's recent comments could certainly also be an early ploy to get a fight with Belfort in the future, especially considering the two were already once scheduled to fight back at UFC 153 in Oct. 2012.