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Morning Report: Keith Kizer says past steroids users, including Vitor Belfort, likely to be denied TRT exemptions

The fact that Vitor Belfort was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prior to his bout in Brazil against Michael Bisping quickly became a point of contention for many within the mixed martial arts community. Belfort, just 35 years old, tested positive for the anabolic steroid 4-Hydroxytestosterone back in 2006, and that sordid history raised suspicions about his allegedly low testosterone. Next up for Belfort is a scheduled bout against Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in May. The event once again takes place Brazil, and at this time it’s unknown if Belfort will apply for a TUE. Nonetheless, according to Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) executive director Keith Kizer, neither Belfort nor any past steroid user is likely to receive an exemption for TRT within the UFC’s home state, Nevada. I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us, Kizer told Bleacher Report’s Damon Martin. I really don’t, and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he’s trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment, good for him and I hope he is doing that. Kizer’s statement will be popular in some circles, including that of UFC President Dana White, who not long after Belfort’s victory made a very public about-face regarding his stance on the controversial treatment. Of course, opponents to the NSAC’s blanket stance will likely point to the case of Chael Sonnen. The 35-year-old Sonnen infamously tested positive for increased levels of testosterone following his 2010 bout against Anderson Silva, only to rematch Silva in Nevada two years later with yet another exemption for TRT. Kizer, though, is quick to point out that Sonnen never actually tested positive for steroids. Some guys are going to have to jump through some additional hoops, but even Chael wasn’t a prior steroid (user) that could have caused the deficiency like Vitor, the NSAC head remarked. The rules are the rules and you have to draw the line somewhere. 6 MUST-READ STORIES Kizer: Belfort won’t get TUE in Nevada. Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer told Bleacher Report that UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort, along with other past steroids users, will likely be denied an exemption for testoreone replacement therapy in the state of Nevada. UFC to Fox Sports 1. Auto racing network SPEED will transform into FOX’s new cable sports network, FOX Sports 1, on Saturday, August 17. A live UFC Fight Night event will accompany the transition. From that point on, the network will regularly air live Wednesday night UFC events, as well as UFC Tonight and a slew of UFC-centric programming. Exodus from Team Lloyd Irvin. Bloody Elbow’s Brent Brookhouse did a remarkable job investigating the seedy cult of personality that has led to a mass exodus from Team Lloyd Irvin amidst accusations of sexual abuse. I highly recommend you check this piece out. TUF 17 results. Since last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 17 is embedded below, I won’t include any spoilers for those that haven’t seen it. So if you want to check out results and recaps, click here. Emelianenko fined. Prior to his release from M-1 and subsequent retirement, Aleksander Emelianenko was fined 700 rubles for hooliganism, stemming from an incident on an airplane in which he caused a breach of public order, spoke loudly, molested passengers, provoked them into fights, did not react to remarks from the cabin crew, demanded liquor, used foul language, (and) smoked in the airplane, according to a report from RSport. Strangely enough, Emelianenko is now living in a Greek monastery. FUEL 8 ratings. Last weekened’s three-hour broadcast of UFC on FUEL 8 drew 485,000 viewers to FUEL TV, more than doubling the previous all-time record for a live main card on the station. Additionally, both the pre-fight show (250,000 viewers) and post-fight show (219,000) became the third and fourth most-watched shows in station history. Commented UFC President Dana White: F–kin amazing, FOX is going crazy. MEDIA STEW As always, if you missed last night’s episode of TUF 17, feel free to catch it in full below. It’s funny how things hit you. I was like, ‘I know why he got the tattoo! It was to take everybody’s mind off the fact that he has boobs.’ You know, they kind of hang. When he jumps, they bounce up and down. — Frank Mir, waxing poetic about his old friend Brock Lesnar. I’ll tell you right now, this one is a little graphic. Though it’s hard to feel much sympathy for a guy with these tattoos. (HT: MiddleEasy) I urge you to read the story of Fallon Fox before checking out this video. Form your own opinions, but please keep it civil. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this will be the best HDNet montage you’ll see all day. BAD LUCK 3 days to find out if I have a hospital bacteria from Japan before they can do surgery on the jaw, wow this is gonna suck!! ”” Stefan St…

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