Vitor Belfort appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday to obtain his fight license. Belfort was required to go before the commission because he is over 35 years old.
The NAC approved Belfort’s request, clearing the way for his fight with Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title this May at UFC 187.
After the ban was placed on the use of TRT, Belfort was asked by the NAC to undergo several rounds of testing before a previously-canceled fight with Weidman. They stated he has been tested five times since, including monthly for performance-enhancing drugs, passing each time.
“I’m very glad and happy to fight in Las Vegas,” Belfort said. “I’m working very hard and looking for a ‘W.'”
Commissioner Pat Lundvall asked Belfort about coming off the TRT, to which the No. 1 contender answered “in the beginning, it was hard. What I learned is our bodies carry our minds and you have to be strong and committed.”
Belfort scored three straight knockout victories – all in Brazil and while using TRT – over Dan Henderson, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping to secure his shot at Weidman. Due to injuries and his TRT past, the fight for the belt has been long-delayed.
Upon hearing he had been approved, Belfort yelled “Awesome! Let’s do it.”