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UFC Quick Quote: Vitor Belfort's strength hasn't changed, just his TRT-less physique

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Old man strength FTW!

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"From my point of view, Vitor was and still is the hardest working guy in the gym. I worked with him after he got off the TRT and his strength level didn't change. He was very strong. He's still a strong guy. His physique did change quite a bit, but I think that was water retention. The strength level was the same.... I thought then, and I still think now, that he'll win. I know he's a better boxer than Weidman. I know that for a fact."

-- Former Blackzilians wrestling coach, Kenny Monday, recently spoke with ESPN.com about Vitor Belfort, who -- after ingesting "horse-like" levels of testosterone for years -- has since lost a considerable amount of mass (see before-and-after pic here). Monday, who earlier this year was "blindsided" by his release from the South Florida-based camp, claims that Belfort, 37, is still stronger than ever despite his noticeable, state-mandated physical difference. That's because no one works harder in the gym than "The Phenom," who is preparing for the latest huge test in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, a world title fight against Middleweight champion Chris Weidman in Feb. 2015 (read details here). The Brazilian could certainly use the expertise of Monday, an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler (1988) to prepare for "All American," a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler from Hofstra University, now more than ever. Nonetheless, Monday is confident that despite his physical transformation, inactivity and wrestling coach change, Belfort still has what it takes to usurp Weidman's 185-pound crown. Do you?