Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) surprised Vitor Belfort with a random drug test while he was in Las Vegas to get his affairs in order for a Chris Weidman title fight. Not long after, "The Phenom" was pulled from the main event, likely due to the ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), and has been riding the pine ever since.
Did he pass? Fail?
The answer is "irrelevant," according to UFC President Dana White, who insists that athletes are not bound by the NSAC regulations if they do not have a license to fight, or have not yet applied, which is true in the case of Belfort, who has agreed to come off TRT before returning to "Sin City."
White talks to reporters at yesterday's media scrum (via MMA Fighting):
"Vitor drives me nuts, but Vitor has gotten a bad rap on this whole thing. He's gotten a bad rap. It's absolutely irrelevant because I'm telling you right now we tested the shit out of [Belfort] before every fight he fought. I don't remember at what point it was but I said, 'Believe me, we're going to put him through the wringer with the TRT thing' and we did. He complied to everything he was asked to do. He was tested. He was always within his limits. Vitor Belfort was never cheating. The thing is with Vitor Belfort is he was never over his [testosterone] limits when he fought. Here's the thing, lets say he came into Nevada and his levels were off the charts. He wasn't fighting. Came [to Nevada] to talk about getting licensed and the thing was, 'Welcome to Nevada. You want to be licensed here? You have to stop taking TRT.' As a guy who's not fighting, you can go around do whatever the hell you want with TRT, right? I'll consider him fighting anywhere. Wherever he lands, he'll land."
Sounds like "The Phenom" is coming back, even if it's not in Nevada, and there is one place that has already agreed to license him.
But if Belfort was not licensed to fight and had not yet applied for his license to fight -- therefore making him exempt from NSAC regulations -- then what was the purpose of the surprise drug test? Especially when everyone involved with drug testing is complaining about how expensive it is to administer exams?
Testing fighters out-of-competition is a great way to crack down on do-badders (perfect example here) but maybe we should save those resources for those folks who are already licensed.
The sooner this "hilarious" mess is cleaned up, the better.