Vitor Belfort has apparently been drug tested multiple times leading up to his UFC 187 bout with Chris Weidman, but according to the contender, it’s not fair the middleweight champ hasn’t had to do the same…
Recently the UFC announced plans to fund more extensive, and random drug testing, which will hopefully get underway by mid 2015. Belfort, however, has already been forced to undergo multiple and random drug tests, as part of the conditions that were applied to his license (due to his previous issues with TRT, etc).
Well, Belfort was in attendance this past weekend at UFC 184, and when he was asked to weigh-in on the issue of drug testing, the veteran fighter had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“In 2013, I was the only one (tested randomly). I was tested seven times for my fight with Weidman. Seven times,” Belfort said. “Did they test my opponent seven times?”
“The funny thing is that everybody is clean, nobody do anything wrong. But when they started testing everybody, how many got caught? Forty percent? That shows that for the system to work, everybody has to be tested equally,” Belfort said. “If they come test me for my fight with Weidman, they have to go test Weidman as well on the same date, same time. That’s an equal system. It has to be fair. It’s not fair that they test me seven times and only test him once.”
So, chances are these comments won’t garner much sympathy from Weidman’s camp and his supporters. Although, most would likely agree that every fighter needs to be tested more often, and it looks like that’s going to happen soon enough.
UFC 187 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will also see light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones take on Anthony Johnson.
Belfort hasn’t fought now since November, 2013, when he took out Dan Henderson in the opening round.