Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Vitor Belfort claims his training wasn’t affected after dropping testosterone replacement therapy following the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s (NSAC) ruling to ban TRT.
"I feel like an animal," the former UFC light heavyweight champion said in MMA Fighting. "The Holy Spirit gives me everything I need. I’m training like an animal. Nobody trains harder than me.”
Belfort, however, said his testosterone count dropped after getting rid of TRT, claiming that that this will put him at a disadvantage.
He also asserted that the NSAC should allow TRT use since is it also prevalent in other sports.
"You have TRT in baseball, basketball and many other sports," he said. "Unfortunately, it became a myth [in MMA] because I was knocking people out. That was the problem, and not Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Dan Henderson using it."
The Brazilian fighter was supposed to challenge Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, but was forced to beg off after the NSAC banned TRT. He vowed to drop from the TRT program and compete in MMA without it.
His fellow Brazilian, Lyoto Machida, stepped up as his replacement.
Belfort said he is the rightful challenger to whoever wins between Machida and Weidman.
“Whoever has the belt will be my next opponent. That’s a fact," Belfort said.