Vitor Belfort is without a doubt the most talked about mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter when it comes to the topic of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
That's because at 36 years of age, "The Phenom" has had a career resurrection of sorts, winning three straight fights via first-round knockout in the highly-competitive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division while on the controversial, yet legal, treatment.
Yet, a fighter like Frank Mir -- who is also on TRT -- doesn't receive the same criticism. Maybe because unlike Belfort, he can't get a win, on (or off) the treatment.
But contrary to popular belief, Belfort's success is due to hard work, according to this guy, and not TRT.
Now, Belfort has decided put every one else on trial as he tells Globo (via Bloody Elbow) that he will ask UFC officials to crack down hard -- as far as drug testing goes -- on all of his opponents, much like they do him.
Because as Vitor claims, every fighter is on some sort of banned substance during training camp.
"All those who fight against me are always complaining. But I have one thing to say: why are they not tested during the preparation for the fight? The thing is that many guys are doping during their camps to improve recovery and such. During my camp I'm thoroughly tested. I will now ask for Dana White to test all those guys who fight against me and keep talking. The same way that my blood is tested, must test their blood to see if they are not cheating. Many use products that we know, they know that they are mocking and they are talking about me. But in reality, everyone is using during the camp. Get there on time and piss when already out of his body. I do not. I am obliged to draw blood during my camp and after the fight. They do not have to draw blood, it's just pee. Then all the guys who will fight me should do the test with me. Let's see if their hormones are straight or if they are using an illegal substance. We know that there are a lot of cheating out there. They abuse during the camp. I'm a proper man. Let me take the exam. I will be tested, and they will not be tested?"
And as Belfort heads into his middleweight title fight against division champion Chris Weidman on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is confident he will receive an exemption for the therapy.
"For sure I'm confident. It's my treatment. The UFC and the doctors are already working on it to make things right. I don't believe that it is going to be a problem. It's not something from my head, it's a medical issue. The big problem are the people who abuse in a general way. They use without the right for it, to cheat. I'm the only guy who is rigorously tested in gaps of 15 days, as Dana White said. When the UFC don't do the test, I do it myself. It's my treatment. The cool thing is to be fine with your conscience, to know that you are playing fair."
Indeed, there's nothing like looking at the other side of the coin and leveling out the playing field.
In the past, UFC President Dana White was adamant he would "test the shit" out of TRT users, which is probably how Antonio Silva got busted for elevated levels. And while UFC is confident in the drug-testing procedures they have in place, "The Phenom" wants to take it a step further by drawing blood samples instead of just urine.
Somewhere in Canada, Georges St-Pierre is smiling.