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    Vitor Belfort's surprise drug test results to be made public at June 17 hearing

    The results of Vitor Belfort’s surprise February drug test will not remain secret for much longer. The number one middleweight contender has not fought in the United States since 2011 but after the UFC made it clear that they would try to match up “The Phenom” with champion Chris Weidman in Las Vegas in the coming months, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) surprised the fighter with a drug test in February.
    The results of that test, which presumably tested to see if Belfort’s testosterone levels were within normal and allowable levels, in addition to testing for banned substances, have so far been kept secret. Belfort’s June 17 licensing hearing, however, will reveal the results, according to NSAC executive director Bob Bennett.
    “The test results will be made public, yes,” Bennett tells Cagewriter.
    “If Mr. Belfort appears at his hearing, which I’m sure he will, the commissioners will get to question him about any topics they want and I’m sure that will come up.”
    Belfort submitted to the surprise test back in February but has refused to release the results. Belfort did not have a current license to fight in Nevada at the time and the NSAC said that it could only release the results itself once Belfort applied for a license.
    After seeing the results, and after the NSAC banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which Belfort has used for years, the Brazilian opted to not apply for a fighter’s license in the state and was removed from the scheduled May title fight against Weidman by the UFC.
    This all became immediately material once more when the UFC opted to remove Wanderlei Silva from his scheduled July 5 Vegas fight against Chael Sonnen because of reported recent issues the “The Axe Murderer” himself has had with the NSAC and replace him with Belfort. The NSAC is allowed to test all licensed athletes year-round; they just rarely do because of budget constraints.
    The NSAC is also allowed to offer voluntary tests to non-licensed fighters, year-round, as they did with Belfort. Fighters can refuse voluntary drug tests by the NSAC, but they can then be expected to have that refusal come up and be considered in a hearing should they ever apply for a license in Nevada.
    Belfort may not have been licensed in Nevada at the time of his surprise test last winter, but his promoter had plans to have him fight in the state soon. Additionally, Belfort tested positive for a banned steroid back in 2006.
    Belfort’s doctors say that he suffers from hypogonadism, a condition where his body does not naturally produce normal levels of testosterone. So, international commissions have granted him therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) to undergo TRT in recent years.
    However, past steroid abuse has often been linked to hypogonadism and so since Belfort was a known steroid user from his failed test in 2006, it seemed unlikely that he’d receive a TUE for the therapy from more respected and established athletic commissions in the U.S. The thinking goes that Belfort, a phenomenal athlete who has competed in MMA at the highest levels since his teens, was not born with hypogonadism – he may have developed it as a result of past steroid use, which caused his body to stop naturally producing testosterone given the presence of artificial ‘t’ being pumped into his body.
    Fighters who were granted TUEs for TRT use were still required to stay within testosterone to epitestosterone ratio levels designated as normal by the NSAC all year round, not just on nights of fights. However, the NSAC rarely tested fighters out of competition to see if they were truly maintaining normal testosterone levels or to determine if they were abusing TRT and conducting training camps with elevated levels before cycling off or to a lower level of therapy in order to be within the allowed range by fight night.
    Belfort himself has openly said that he believes “everyone is using during the camp,” but simply cycle off in order to beat fight night tests. Since submitting to his surprise test in February, fans have wondered if the reason Belfort then decided not to release the results and then pull out of a title fight was because he had failed the test in some way.
    Was Belfort once more caught with a banned substance in his system? Was he perhaps caught training with elevated levels of testosterone due to his TRT use at the time?
    Or, did Belfort keep the test results secret and pull out of a title fight for other reasons and he, in fact, had passed the surprise test? To this day, very few know the answer to that.
    That will change June 17 at his licensing hearing in Nevada.

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    Cepeda is a bit heavy handed here:

    However, past steroid abuse has often been linked to hypogonadism and so since Belfort was a known steroid user from his failed test in 2006, it seemed unlikely that he’d receive a TUE for the therapy from more respected and established athletic commissions in the U.S. The thinking goes that Belfort, a phenomenal athlete who has competed in MMA at the highest levels since his teens, was not born with hypogonadism – he may have developed it as a result of past steroid use, which caused his body to stop naturally producing testosterone given the presence of artificial ‘t’ being pumped into his body.
    That's more conjecture than anything else, and doesn't address the controversy around the failed test in 2006. Of course, Cepeda was probably watching some shit like "Friday Night Lights" back in 2006 and hadn't jumped on the bandwagon yet, so maybe he can be excused for not knowing what he's talking about.

    And it doesn't cover the short fluctuation in T/E levels immediately after the treatment, or how the test currently doesn't account for that with an immediate follow up.

    But of course, none of that stuff is sensational, so it's not "interesting."

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    the UFC made it clear that they would try to match up “The Phenom” with champion Chris Weidman in Las Vegas in the coming months
    News to me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leucoethiops View Post
    News to me...
    Unless you read the entire sentence

    The number one middleweight contender has not fought in the United States since 2011 but after the UFC made it clear that they would try to match up “The Phenom” with champion Chris Weidman in Las Vegas in the coming months, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) surprised the fighter with a drug test in February.
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    This is awesome. Vitor, his manager, and the UFC have downplayed the results so much, so it'll be interesting to see what the actual results are. If he failed, and the UFC effectively did nothing about it, they are going to get so much shit. They do their own testing when they are in areas with no governing body, and deal out their own suspensions accordingly. So if he did fail, and they didn't suspend him, the shits going to hit the fan. Especially with Dana's "these guys are tested more than anyone blah, blah, blah bullshit."

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    Vitor is done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spoon View Post
    This is awesome. Vitor, his manager, and the UFC have downplayed the results so much, so it'll be interesting to see what the actual results are. If he failed, and the UFC effectively did nothing about it, they are going to get so much shit. They do their own testing when they are in areas with no governing body, and deal out their own suspensions accordingly. So if he did fail, and they didn't suspend him, the shits going to hit the fan. Especially with Dana's "these guys are tested more than anyone blah, blah, blah bullshit."
    Actually, no.

    The UFC doesn't suspend anyone, they let the AC's do it, and since Vitor wasn't licensed, he couldn't be suspended. There was literally nothing the NSAC could do in this case.

    I do agree that dana blows smoke at mirrors and flops on various sides of the TRT fence whenever it suits him, and I agree that neither zuffa nor the AC's are doing enough to regulate PED abuse. But as I have been the whole time, I'll be reserving judgment on whether Vitor is dirty until we not only get the results of the test, but the context in which the test was given, as the ratios are going to spike immediately after a treatment was given, particularly if he was on a 1-dose/week program. If he got a dose and then was tested, you'd really need a qualified endocrinologist to decipher it, as opposed to going "OMG, he was 15x the human limit."

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    Actually, no.

    The UFC doesn't suspend anyone, they let the AC's do it, and since Vitor wasn't licensed, he couldn't be suspended. There was literally nothing the NSAC could do in this case.

    I do agree that dana blows smoke at mirrors and flops on various sides of the TRT fence whenever it suits him, and I agree that neither zuffa nor the AC's are doing enough to regulate PED abuse. But as I have been the whole time, I'll be reserving judgment on whether Vitor is dirty until we not only get the results of the test, but the context in which the test was given, as the ratios are going to spike immediately after a treatment was given, particularly if he was on a 1-dose/week program. If he got a dose and then was tested, you'd really need a qualified endocrinologist to decipher it, as opposed to going "OMG, he was 15x the human limit."

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    So if they know it's a negative test, why book him against Sonnen?
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