UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort might be one of the organization’s biggest stars at the moment but it wasn’t too long ago he was struggling to find consistent success in PRIDE and ultimately relegated to the regional scene. However, Belfort turned his career around and has bounced back since, going so far as to headline a handful of events in addition to earning a pair of UFC title-shots.
The 35-year old’s recent run after seemingly having peaked has resulted in some questioning whether or not he’s joined the pool of his peers subscribing to the controversial practice of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Belfort was recently asked about TRT and, rather than take a strong stance against it, “The Phenom” remained relatively ambiguous while giving fans plenty of reason to read between the lines.
“If a question is private, I have the choice to answer or not. If I make it public, it’s not private anymore. If I want to say something private I will say it, but I keep to myself and I respect the laws of the sport. Whatever the organization, whatever the law — they know what to do,” replied Belfort to ESPN when asked for his opinion. “This is too controversial, why am I going to say something that doesn’t accomplish anything? If it’s legal, they know what to do. If it’s legal, there’s nothing to say about it. It’s legal.”
“It’s hard. Like, you’re either a Republican or Democrat. Who is right? I think it’s this: The truth is always in the middle,” he continued. “Of course, some things are non-negotiable. I think in life, you just need to find a balance. That’s the problem with the rule, is that everyone is so radical. That’s my opinion. I’m very faithful to the things I believe in and I’m working on myself. I don’t like to judge. When you judge people, it sounds like you are God. We live in a free country. It is what it is.”
Though certainly no admission of guilt, it seems Michael Bisping will at least have more material to work with leading up to his bout with Belfort next weekend at UFC on FX 7. Bisping has been an outspoken opponent of TRT in the past, labeling the treatment as little more than cheating.
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