Michael Bisping has released a statement giving his reaction to the news earlier this week that Vitor Belfort had been officially granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption which allowed him to legally use Testosterone Replacement Therapy prior to their fight at ‘UFC On FX 7’ last month.
Bisping would go on to lose that fight by TKO in the second round, and while he’s not blaming the loss on Belfort’s TRT usage, he does admit to being “very disappointed” that the Brazilian was allowed to use the controversial treatment.
Despite his reputation for trash-talking, Bisping’s point of view seems reasonable here and he more then anyone is entitled to have an opinion on the matter given that three of his UFC opponents in Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson have been confirmed to be using TRT.
Those fighters account for three of Bisping’s four losses in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Read Bisping’s full statement below.
“As I said right after the fight, I lost because I made a mistake and Vitor took advantage of it. It sucks. I don’t like it, but that was the result. I lost. Bottom line.
Over the past couple years, and even right before the fight, I have made my views on TRT very, very clear. I don’t feel that I need to go into depth about it again right now. All I have to add, about this specific instance, is that it is very disappointing that someone who was caught cheating with testosterone in the past, now gets to use testosterone legally. A well known side effect of steroids is that it reduces testosterone, so I don’t understand how it would make sense to then grant someone an exemption to then increase testosterone.
All that being said, I am not here to make excuses or cry over spilled milk. I fight in the best organization in the world, The UFC, and am very excited to work and earn a title fight, the right way. That process starts by whooping Alan Belcher’s ass at UFC 159 on Saturday, April 27th, live on PPV.
Thanks everyone for their support – can’t wait to spend some time with British UFC fans in London next week and I will be back, better than ever.”