If you want to know which of your favorite (or least favorite) fighters are on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), you have to submit a formal inquiry to the athletic commission following a mixed martial arts (MMA) event to inquire about who -- if anyone -- was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don't, depending on the locale.
That's the sort of legwork Vitor Belfort would like to eliminate going forward. And "The Phenom" figures the best way to do that is to just go ahead and release the names of every fighter who uses TRT. After all, it's not illegal, so what do they have to be ashamed about?
From his conversation with MMA Fighting:
"I'm the type of fighter that steps into the jungle not fearing anything. I'm there to fight, to do my best. My motivation is not him. It's not what people say, it's not what people think. My motivation, no one can steal it, or my my gifts and my talents. I develop them every day. I'm new every day ... I'm not doing anything illegal. I think people have to have this choice, you know? I think they should release [the name] of everyone that's on it. For me, it's no problem. I'm not doing anything illegal, so I'm not ashamed of anything."
It's an interesting position, considering how long Belfort refused to admit he was on TRT.
"The Phenom," who joins fellow fighters Forrest Griffin, Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, among others, in the TRT club, was publicly criticized by Luke Rockhold for "not being a man" ahead of their UFC on FX 8 main event this Saturday night (May 18, 2013) in Brazil.
Belfort said the former Strikeforce champ doesn't know what he's talking about.
Speaking TRT, UFC President Dana White has already gone on record to condemn the use of the drug and even went as far as to call it cheating (see his comments here). In addition, the Las Vegas fight boss says anyone using the stuff to keep their career afloat is "probably too old to be fighting."