Earlier today, the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted Vitor Belfort a conditional license that will allow him to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 181 in Las Vegas. Now, more details about the hearing have come to light.
Belfort (13-6 UFC) and lawyer Michael Alonso requested the license in person today at a Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas.
The commission voted unanimously to give a conditional license to Belfort, who has been sidelined since a failed drug test in February.
The conditional license came with a few stipulations:
1. Belfort can’t fight anywhere before December.
2. Belfort can be forced to undergo any form of drug test by any commissioner at any time before the title fight. He is also responsible for paying for these tests himself.
“I know like the UFC is my authority, you’re my authority,” Belfort told the NSAC. “I’ll fully collaborate with you.”
Belfort is an admitted former user of testosterone-replacement therapy, and presumably failed a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test on Feb. 7 while in Las Vegas for the World MMA Awards. While the test results were never made public, Belfort’s results forced the UFC to pull him out of a planned UFC 173 title fight against Weidman.
Today, the veteran fighter admitted he received a doctor-administered injection as part of his TRT treatment just prior to taking the NSAC test on Feb. 7. Belfort’s defense was that he usually only received two injections per week as part of his treatment, but took an extra dose prior to being tested on February 7.
“I take responsibility for that,” Belfort said.
Although the NSAC’s line of questions was polite, multiple commissioners discussed their concerns about Belfort’s past drug use.
“I don’t want to be embarrassed, and I know the commission doesn’t either,” commissioner Anthony Marnell III said.
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