Vitor Belfort has released another statement, this time from his official Instagram site.
Belfort pretty much states much the same as he did earlier today, saying he has already quit his TRT program and is awaiting the winner of Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida for his shot at the UFC middleweight title.
I want to apologize to all my fans that have been let down by the news of me not competing in the title fight against Chris Weidman. I wanted nothing more than to go and compete for the belt. As you all know, I have been doing a legal treatment approved by every commission I fight under called TRT for a health deficiency that I have. As of yesterday the Nevada commission banned the use of TRT. I am not exempt from the rules. I respect the Commission’s ruling, and have dropped my TRT program as of yesterday. My body wouldn’t have had enough time to acclimate and I wouldn’t be able to meet the new requirements of the commission swiftly enough to be licensed for the main bout and permit the UFC sufficient time to promote it. I am prepared to fight for the championship belt without my TRT program. I look forward to competing under the new set of regulations. I want to thank all my fans, the UFC, and all the commissions for their unwavering support and I will come back stronger than ever! I’m waiting for the winner.
As Belfort said, the Nevada Athletic Commission banned the use of TRT on Thursday, and the UFC followed suit. Several hours after the decision was made, the UFC removed “The Phenom” from the May title fight and inserted Machida.