Commission bans TRT … Machida replaces Belfort vs. Weidman at UFC 173

Posted: February 28, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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Lyoto-MachidaThe breaking news came fast and furious last night. The whirlwind started with the announcement that Nevada’s Athletic Commission unanimously voted to ban TRT in MMA, effective immediately. The UFC quickly issued a statement of strong support.

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).”

But the fallout continued throughout the evening. As you might guess, much of the chatter in the cyber world surrounded fighters like Vitor Belfort, who was set to fight Chris Weidman in a middleweight title bout ay UFC 173. It didn’t take long to learn that Belfort stepped off that card. Everyone knows Belfort was going to apply for a therapeutic use exemption leading up to the event.

The initial reports suggested that Belfort voluntarily removed himself from the card. This morning, we are learning that perhaps that story isn’t quite accurate. Belfort is stating that it was the UFC who pulled him from the event.

In any event, the big winner in all of this is Lyoto Machida. The Dragon will fill the vacancy left by Belfort and attempt to grab a belt in his 2nd division. The former light heavyweight champion has defeated Mark Munoz and Gegard Mousasi in his two other fights at 185.

This is major news for sure. Not only the banning of TRT, but the fallout as well. Machida is going through a career resurgence since dropping to middleweight and this opportunity is a big one. He could become just the 3rd man to capture belts at two different weight classes.

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