The Ultimate Fighting Championship
(UFC) announcement that the match between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort will take place on May 24, 2014, stirred excitement among mixed martial arts (MMA) fans in Brazil. It seems like the trend in the UFC now is to pit All-American fighters vs. the Brazilians. Weidman, with a record of 11wins-0 loss, put his belt on the line for Belfort to grab and see if “The Phenom” can improve his existing record of 24 wins-10 losses.
After Weidman defeated Anderson Silva twice in a row, he felt the need to move on to the next level of his career by agreeing to fight Vitor Belfort. While fans around the world are excited to see if Chris Weidman can put up with the experienced and highly evolved Vitor Belfort, something killed all these excitements. On February 27, 2014, The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the banning of the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for MMA fighters.
Most athletes who prepare themselves for a fight have to undergo rigorous training sessions, keeping themselves on a strict diet, and the result is testosterone deficiency.
The human body’s testosterone level drops down – a normal state especially during over training. However, athletes turned to Testosterone Replacement Therapy so they can continue training without getting burned out. To the majority of sports doctors, this is a form of cheating because of its similarity (though technically they not the same) to anabolic steroid used or abused by many athletes.
Because of this move by the Sports Commission and the UFC supporting this law, Vitor Belfort was forced to withdraw from the fight against Chris Weidman.
Obviously, Belfort is under TRT, but UFC matchmakers will continue with its main event for UFC 173 by calling on “The Dragon” Lyoto Machida to step up and replace Vitor Belfort. This is a chance that Lyoto Machida, with a record of 21 wins against four losses in multiple weight divisions, has been waiting for. And to add more excitement for fight fans, the co-main event will be the grudge match between light heavyweights “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva fighting a fan favorite “The American Gangster” Chael Sonnen. UFC 173, May 24, 2014, who’s gonna miss this day?