Vitor Belfort: 'Don't Fight Me If You're Going to Use (TRT) as an Excuse'

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IFebruary 17, 2013

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort has responded to Michael Bisping's comments to Fuel TV (via MMA Junkie) that he's a "f***ing cheat" for using testosterone replacement therapy, and needless to say, he doesn't agree.

"The Phenom" took to TwitPlus this morning to give a long-winded rant on his TRT use, acknowledging that he made a mistake in not admitting he was using the medical treatment in an interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN last month. 

Here's the rant in its entirety:

This will be last time that I will talk about TRT I never hide from #ufc that I was on the treatment but I admit that I didnt admit to the press. I confess that this was my mistake I am MEN enough to admit my mistakes So from now on , guys please don't fight me if u going to use this as a execuse that's it. I never lie and never hide from ufc.

Just in case there was any doubt Bisping prompted Belfort's input on the subject of TRT, the Brazilian cleared up any ambiguity with a tweet he posted a few hours later:  


— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) February 17, 2013

At their UFC on FX 7 headlining bout last month, Belfort scored a TKO victory over Bisping after landing a picture-perfect head kick that dropped his British adversary, swarming him with punches once he hit the ground. 

The loss was particularly bitter for "The Count," as a win would have earned him a showdown with divisional champion Anderson Silva

Bisping at first appeared to take the loss in stride, but now seems to be on a crusade against fighters who use TRT, with Belfort being his main target. 

In the ongoing debate of the controversial topic of TRT, who has a better argument here: Belfort or Bisping?