Vitor Belfort has revealed that's he's clean and ready to fight, and would like to replace Lyoto Machida in the main event of UFC 175.
The UFC Middleweight was originally booked to fight the champion, Chris Weidman at next month's UFC 173 but the UFC had to change their plans after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned the use of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy).
Now the Brazilian is saying that he's clean and ready to fight, so much so that he would like to take the place of new contender, Lyoto Machida at July's UFC 175.
"I did all the tests that Nevada requires," Belfort told MMAFighting.com.
"I did it on my own, and I passed them all. There is nothing in my system anymore. God has blessed me. I’m ready now, and I’m waiting.
"Since they canceled (Weidman vs. Machida) in May, there is nothing else to do. Give me what is mine."
While the fighter is eager to return to the octagon and throw down with Weidman, he hasn't been cleared yet by the NSAC, although he plans to meet them "soon."
He's also been told he gets to fight the winner of that bout next, which means a title shot later this year, but he's happy to fight either opponent.
"I'm not worried about who wins that fight, actually. I'm focused on what I have to do every day. I just trained today, now I'm here (at Arnold Classic Brazil), and I'm going to train again tomorrow morning. That’s what I do."
He also added that although fighters have complained in the past about his TRT usage only used it as an "excuse", something that his future opponents won't have.
"It’s the opposite now, they will be at an advantage. (I used) TRT to be at their levels. They will lose now and won't have any excuses."
One of those opponents making excuses, according to Belfort, Luke Rockhold, has said that Belfort is "on top of his list" and that once he beats Tim Boetsch at tonight's UFC 172, he wants a rematch with Belfort.
Whether or not Belfort will have to go through Rockhold or another fighter before he challenges for the title hasn't been made clear to him but he's ready for anyone.
"Anything can happen in the UFC," he said.
"Dan Henderson [his last opponent] will fight for the title if he wins his next fight. Anything can happen in the UFC. I have to fight and I have to win. That’s what matters."
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