Vitor Belfort (photo credit: tbn3.gstatic.com via Google Images)
Vitor Belfort has publicly announced that he has passed his drug tests and has been cleared to fight, but only in Brazil. Dr. Marcio Tannure, Medical Director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) and UFC Brazil, has confirmed that CABMMA administered tests on Belfort and that the results were satisfactory. Well then, it’s settled. Or is it?
Dr. Tannure has confirmed that CABMMA is modeled after the Nevada State Athletic Commission, adding the disclaimer that they have no obligation to follow NSAC decisions. Dr. Tannure has indeed seen fit to be creative in the decisions he does make. A recent decision costing Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva nine months of his career and possibly a $50,000.00 bonus, all because the good doctor advised him to continue TRT injections immediately before UFC Fight Night. All things considered, it appears that CABMMA has some glaring holes in it’s protocol and philosophy, many of Dr. Tannure’s comments sounding like Capitol Hill quality double speak. He asserts himself as adamant that all fighters will be tested pre-fight, but qualifies his response by saying that exceptions will be granted and that methods for dealing with the presence of anabolic steroids and androgenic steroids will be markedly different. Of added concern is Tannure’s evasive response when asked what accredited facility will be evaluating the tests. He will only go so far as to say that the tests will be evaluated, refusing to release additional information due to medical privacy.
According to Belfort, none of this is even relevant. He says he has taken the tests on his own and passed them all with flying colors:
“There is nothing in my system anymore. God has blessed me. I’m ready now.”
He further adds that the Holy Spirit has given him everything he needs and that he is training like an animal. One could speculate just what animal Belfort feels he is mimicking, it is no doubt considerably different than the animal those observing him are visualizing. Simply by looking at the chain of events and his maniacal rantings, it has become increasingly difficult to empathize with Belfort. Once you also consider his blatant unwillingness to be forthcoming with supposed “results” and that, for all intents and purposes, he has fled to avoid contact with stateside athletic agencies, his actions render him somewhat unbelievable altogether.