MANILA, Philippines – Middleweight fighter Michael Bisping lambasted his "UFC on FOX" opponent Vitor Belfort for refusing to answer questions about his use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
“I was disappointed Vitor Belfort started talking in tongues when asked about TRT recently,” said the outspoken Briton in his Yahoo! Sports blog.
Although TRT is legal in mixed martial arts (MMA) within allowable limits, Bisping asserted that it is still a form of cheating.
“Whenever someone asks me if I am on it, I give them a straight answer and if they ask me what I think of TRT I always say: ‘I think it is legalized cheating,’” said Bisping.
Several MMA athletes have resorted to TRT after claiming to have suffered lower testosterone levels due to aging.
Fighters like Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Forrest Griffin have all been granted TRT exemptions by athletic commissions in the past.
Even Belfort, a former UFC champion, reportedly benefitted from TRT use.
The Brazilian superstar, however, refused to deal with the testosterone issue.
“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... If it’s legal, they (UFC) know what to do. If it’s legal, there’s nothing to say about it. It’s legal,” said Belfort in ESPN.
But Bisping would have none of that.
“I always make a joke of it, saying the last thing the world needs is me running around with enhanced levels of testosterone but, being serious for a second, I don’t think it has a place in our sport and wish my opinion – and I think the majority of fans’ opinion – was shared by certain other fighters and the people who regulate our sport.”
UFC on FOX takes place in Brazil on January 19.