British fighter slams MMA veteran in wake of TRT being banned in Nevada.
Most fighters in the UFC will be breathing a bit easier this week int he wake of the news the Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned the current and future use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for any bouts inside its borders.
However, it has not stopped the war of words between some of the promotion’s fighters.
English fighter Michael Bisping said it is only a matter of time before Vitor Belfort find another way to dodge the system.
Belfort, the highest profile user of the legal but highly controversial method of TRT, took himself out of his scheduled middleweight title bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 173 after Nevada’s ruling.
However, Bisping lashed out at Belfort saying he does not expect the Brazilian to come back to the sport ‘clean’.
“Vitor’s a cheat, simple as that,” Bisping said. “He’ll go out and try to find another way to cheat. He’ll find another way of manipulating the system, or he’ll try.
“For a guy that talks about Jesus, you should want to step in there the way God intended him to be. He’s a hypocrite.”
Bisping (24-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC), who is set to fight Tim Kennedy (17-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in April at the TUF Nations Finale after an eye injury threatened his career, said he did not care about his loss to Belfort in January last year.
The defeat was a stumbling block for ‘The Count’ as he looked set to move in line for a shot at the middleweight title.
However, Bisping took solace in the fact the regulators of the sport in the Mecca for MMA, Las Vegas, had finally woken up to what was going on in the sport.
“It’s nice to know they’re being branded the cheats they have always been,” Bisping said.
“They’ve been chemically enhancing their bodies for quite some time, and I always took a hard stance against it. Fortunately, the UFC and the Nevada athletic commission are branding it for what it is; it’s an unfair advantage and whole thing is just a mockery to the whole concept of sport and fair competition.
“In the past, I’ve lost to three guys on TRT. They had an unfair advantage, and I’m just glad nobody is going to have to suffer a defeat at the hands of somebody on TRT.”