After his impressive 1st round KO of Dan Henderson, another shot at the UFC Middleweight title was all but achieved for Vitor Belfort.
However, after recent changes to the TRT rules, 'The Phenom' was forced out of his bout against Chris Weidmann, as his testosterone count would still be too high.
With fellow Brazilian Lyoto Machida taking Belfort's place to fight for the title, it was thought he would get a shot at the 185lbs title when his TRT count was at the regulated amount. However, this is by no means the case.
UFC President Dana White has said: "I haven't talked to Vitor since everything happened. I don't know if his fight for the title will happen this year. I haven't heard anything from him.
"He has to solve a lot of things before. He has to solve his problems, not us. If he is still the number 1 contender? I don't know, we will see what happens."
White is always keen to keep the divisions smoothly running and give anyone deserving a title shot. It seems that White may not be convinced Belfort is the same fighter when not using TRT therapy and will need a tune up fight to see how the Brazilian performs.
Belfort has had an outstanding second stint in the UFC. He's 7-2 and his losses have only come in title fights against Anderson Silva and Jon Jones (on very short notice) respectively.
Since using TRT therapy, Belfort has looked a different kettle of fight. His last three victories all came by way if T/KO against Top 10 185lbers in Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson.
Now without TRT it will be very interesting to see how "The Phenom" copes inside the Octagon Belfort has previously stated that he will be at a disadvantage.
Nonetheless, using TRT has definitely have him a huge advantage against opponents. Even just looked at his physique from his fight against Rich Franklin to his statute in his last fight, it is noticeable to say the least.
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