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PostSubject: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:41 pm


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Since the decision by the NSAC and the UFC to ban TRT, there's been all sorts of news and comments about the new direction regarding TUEs for TRT.

Many fighters seem to be in favor of banning TRT, and shortly after the news broke Vitor Belfort was no longer fighting for the belt against Chris Weidman in UFC 173.

Initially the news was that Belfort decided to back out of the fight upon hearing the news, but apparently Vitor Belfort's FaceBook fan page posted a comment at roughly 10:30 am ET citing a comment which appears to come directly from Belfort himself stating that he didn't decide to withdraw from the bout against Chris Weidman in the UFC 173 Fight... it was the UFC's decision to remove him from the card and replace him with Lyoto Machida.

This is in contrast to a statement made prior to today's comment, where Belfort made a public statement saying that he decided not to apply for a license to fight in Nevada due to the recent changes to MMA rules that the NSAC has decided upon.

Here's today's post from Vitor Belfort's FaceBook fan page in both Portuguese, and the translated version provided by Bing :

"VITOR BELFORT NÃO DESISTIU DA LUTA, FOI OBRIGADO A DESISTIR".

“Nunca desisti de lutar no UFC 173 e nunca falei isso. Portanto, toda informação publicada em qualquer veículo de comunicação anunciando isso não é verdadeira.

O que anunciei foi que estarei "desistindo do TRT" e não "desistindo da luta" para continuar o meu sonho de lutar.

O UFC decidiu colocar outro oponente em meu lugar pelo fato de eu não ter tempo hábil de me adequar as novas regras da NSAC. Segundo o UFC, enfrentarei o vencedor de Weidman vs Lyotto dentro dos novos regulamentos de todas as Comissões Atléticas.

Lamento que isso tenha acontecido,e agradeço a força e compreensão de todos os fãs, patrocinadores, UFC e as próprias comissões atléticas".

--- (Translated by Bing) ---

VITOR BELFORT HASN'T GIVEN UP THE FIGHT, WAS FORCED TO RETIRE ".

"I never gave up fighting in UFC 173 and never mentioned it. Therefore, all information posted in any mass media advertising that is not true.

What I announced was that I will be resigning "TRT" and not "giving up the fight" to continue my dream of fighting.

The UFC decided to put another opponent in my place because I didn't have time to fit the new rules of the NSAC. According to the UFC, I will face the winner of Weidman vs Lyotto within the new regulations of all the Athletic Commissions.

I'm sorry that this happened, and I appreciate the strength and understanding of all fans, sponsors, UFC and athletic commissions ".

Vitor Belfort

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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:45 pm

I really wish the UFC would be truthful if this is true. Why lie about it?
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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:40 am

Anybody see this quote from Chael?

“The rules are the rules,” said Sonnen, during an appearance on FOX Sports Live. “That’s it. (Wednesday) it was legal, so quit complaining. (Thursday) it’s illegal. That’s it. Quit complaining.
“End of conversation. Testosterone’s out.”
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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:22 am

That sums up the situation in a nutshell.

As long as TRT was acceptable within the allowable parameters, there wasn't much to complain about... other than the obvious abuse of TRT, and those who seemed to have mastered the ability to cycle-off before testing and not test positive.

...but now that's it's banned in the UFC, there's no more argument.

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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:19 am

Agreed. Gotta love Sonnen lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:28 pm

It looks like there's more than meets the eye about this story.

Joe Rogan is saying today that Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone just prior to this event.
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PostSubject: Re: Vitor Belfort States He Didn’t Withdraw From UFC 173 Fight, The UFC Pulled Him   Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:54 pm

Well if that's the case, Belfort vs. Sonnen may not happen.

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