Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vitor Belfort a Questionable Choice for Anderson Silva UFC 125 Opponent

Earlier this week another major athlete's name was etched into the sports wall of shame, in the PEDs annex -- "Chael Sonnen" right between "Marion Jones" and "Jose Canseco," two names down from "Barry Bonds." It was announced earlier this week that Sonnen had failed his post-UFC 117 drug screening with through-the-roof testosterone levels. Sonnen's test failure, and the year-long suspension that could follow, places a blank space next to Anderson Silva's name on the planned Silva-Sonnen rematch fight card.

Now, Vitor Belfort has been identified as the savior for the UFC's middleweight title fight matchmaking mess. It looks like Belfort has been chosen to challenge "Spiderman" Silva for the UFC Middleweight Championship Title at UFC 125, but our new savior does not arive without sin. Belfort once sat in the same hot seat that now scolds Chael Sonnen's buttocks. Back in 2006 Belfort also returned a hot piss test, rendering 4-Hydroxytestosterone, an anabolic steroid, following his Pride 32 loss to Dan Henderson. Peep the Wiki quotebox for the breakdown:

Steroid Controversy

At Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006, Belfort lost a unanimous decision to Pride Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson. After the fight, Belfort tested positive for an illegal substance, 4-hydroxytestosterone. In his defense, Belfort argued that he purchased an over the counter supplement which contained 4-Hydroxytestosterone. Belfort also explained that he may have received 4-Hydroxytestosterone as the result of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco after his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee in the summer of 2006. The Nevada State Athletic Commission eventually received a statement from Dr. Greco stating that he did give Belfort post surgical injections containing testosterone. While conceding that Belfort may have not known about the testosterone, the NSAC explained that even if Belfort was given injections by a medical practictioner who did not inform him that they contained anabolic steroids, it would still be a violation of the banned substances policy. On December 21, 2006 he was suspended for nine months from the date of the hearing and fined $10,000.


"Rehabilitative injections" my ass! Vitor Belfort's 2006 steroid blunder smells like a typical case of 'pay a doctor to take the fall.' So basically, the UFC is replacing one PED-pumping hypocrite (remember Sonnen accused Lance Armstrong of using PEDs) with a rehabilitative PEDs abuser (if there is any such thing). Not to mention the fact that Vitor Belfort has never won a UFC match as a middleweight ( beat us to the punch with that one). Dana White and the Zuffa team could easily put a title fight off until Nate Marquardt vs. Yushin Okami proves top contention, but there's one thing that is obviously more important here and guess what? It's not fighter safety, PEDs control, or health insurance. For the answer, check your back pocket, and even though you probably don't have any (a handful of lint is proof), just know that the next $55 you scrape up for a UFC pay-per-view probably won't change the world, but it might fund the next PEDs using cage rat.

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