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Belfort done with TRT, wants middleweight title shot back

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Andrew Robichaud, TSN.ca
4/26/2014 12:15:06 PM
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Vitor Belfort would like his middleweight title shot back, please.

Belfort was originally schedule to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 173 on May 24, but a Nevada State Athletic Commission ban on testosterone replacement therapy forced the former light heavyweight champ to withdraw.

With Weidman now scheduled to face Lyoto Machida for the belt at UFC 175 in July, Belfort says he has been cleared to fight and wants his spot back.

"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."

UFC president Dana White has already said Belfort will get a crack at the winner of the Weidman-Machida title fight, saying in a recent ESPN Fan Chat that "The Phenom" would be in line for his title shot "after he gets his business cleared up with Nevada."

"I'm doing it really soon," Belfort said of getting licensed again by the NSAC. "The important is that I'm doing everything by the rules."

And if he his cleared to fight again, the next step is to prove he can return to his dominante form without the help of TRT.

"Everything was an excuse to my opponents, and they won't have it anymore," he said. "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."

Vitor Belfort (Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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