Belfort recently told MMA Fighting that he administered his own tests for testosterone levels and “passed them all,” saying there’s nothing in his system. When he was pulled from the fight with Weidman at UFC 173, Lyoto Machida took his place. But then Weidman needed knee surgery, and the bout was moved to July’s UFC 175.
Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) told the site because they canceled the originally UFC 173 booking with Weidman (11-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC), why not swap him back in for Machida (21-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC)? “Give me what is mine,” he said.
But following UFC 172 this past Saturday in Baltimore, White said Belfort will need to do a little more than just home testing if he wants to pass muster with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The NSAC suspended Belfort in 2006 after a loss to Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 when he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. That previous infraction theoretically makes it harder for him to get a license from the NSAC – which he would need to do for UFC 173, which takes place in Las Vegas. And UFC 175 is there, as well.
Belfort’s most recent three fights, all “Knockout of the Night” wins while using TRT, took place in Brazil. He hasn’t fought in Las Vegas since UFC 126 in February 2011, when he was knocked out by Anderson Silva in a middleweight title fight.
“He’s got to solve his problems with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and when he does that, we can figure it out,” White said. “He better get to work (if he wants to fight in July). He’s got a lot of work to do. That s–t doesn’t just happen like that. You’ve got to get on the agenda – he’s got a lot of work to do.
“He’s fooling himself if that’s what he really thinks, is that he took a couple home tests and he’s ready to roll, or whatever he did. He’s always fun. He’s hilarious.”
If Belfort ultimately is granted a license to fight in Nevada, it essentially opens the door for him to fight elsewhere without much issue, and it appears that is what he will do to get the ball rolling.
“He’ll apply in Nevada, and then he can fight anywhere (if he’s approved),” White said.