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Morning Report: Vitor Belfort defends his TRT use; Condit says Georges St-Pierre beats Johny Hendricks

The schedule once again freed from any major events, the past weekend was relatively quiet, right up until the moment it wasn’t. Of course, then word leaked out of the Easter Day bombshell that could sink one of this month’s most anticipated fights, and more than a few Easter egg hunts were likely ruined inside the Zuffa offices. But while we all wait in limbo to find out the fate of Alexander Gustafsson and the facial laceration that may implode UFC on FUEL 9, let’s catch up on the best of the rest with some headlines. 7 MUST-READ STORIES Belfort talks TRT. Fielding questions at a UFC on FX 8 pre-fight press conference, veteran middleweight Vitor Belfort defended his use of testosterone replacement therapy. Said Belfort (via Tatame): The UFC always knew that I use, do not do it to cheat. I have medical monitoring and UFC also accompanies it. Never broken through anything, always acted cleanly. Do blood tests every week to equal the testosterone levels of a person my age. Gustafsson cut, bout in jeopardy. UFC on FUEL 9 headliner Alexander Gustafsson suffered a significant facial laceration less than a week prior to his hometown bout against Gegard Mousasi. The [Swedish Mixed Martial Arts Federation] has not said he can’t fight, UFC President Dana White stated. And he wants to fight. Condit: GSP beats Hendricks. Having fought both men back-to-back, Carlos Condit told AXS TV’s Inside MMA that Georges St-Pierre will ultimately defeat Johny Hendricks. Georges St. Pierre, he’s just a more polished fighter, explained Condit. Johny Hendricks, he’s dangerous and he’s got good skills be he is a little rough around the edges when it comes to his whole game. Georges is just such a technician. He puts things together so well and is just a sharp, clean fighter and I think that’s going to make the difference in that match up. Werdum wants title shot. UFC heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum told Pro MMA Now that he hopes to receive a title shot after defeating fellow TUF Brazil 2 coach Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC on FUEL 10. Video uploader files counterclaim. Nick McDermott, the man who captured video of UFC executive Michael Mersch informing Nick Diaz about Quebec’s controversial off the record weigh-in rule, filed a counterclaim to the UFC’s DMCA request, according to a report from MMA Junkie. Shamrock returns. For some reason, 49-year-old UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock is officially slated to fight 42-year-old Ian Freeman at an Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships event in Doncaster, England on July 27. Shamrock has lost 10 of his last 14, including his last performance, a TKO defeat at the hands of Mike Bourke in November 2010. Submission success. The folks over at Fightnomics determined the most successful UFC submissions and whether subs are more likely to be finished in the opening two rounds or the third. The most attempted submission: guillotine. The most successful submission: rear-naked choke by a landslide. MEDIA STEW In case you didn’t catch it over the weekend, Esther Lin released the latest edition of her brilliant Focus series. As always, if you missed last week’s Bellator offering — which featured two of this season’s tournament finals — you can check out the entire event below. (Click to watch.) Between allowing a blatantly unconscious man to continue to get choked for at least 8-10 seconds, to just leaving the poor unconscious man lying there on his stomach when the fight is finally stopped, this may be the worst refereeing you’ll see all day. (HT: MiddleEasy) Did Clark Gracie, the ridiculously photogenic jiu-jitsu guy, stroll out to the Good Morning America set wearing a gi? You bet he did. Big Nog looks pretty impressed by the second subtitled episode of TUF Brazil 2. You may want to check it out. (Click to watch.) Yup, this has something to do with martial arts. IN THE DARK @danawhite @ufc @ufconfox I just hear the news about Alex injury, right now I dont have any new info about the situation… ”” Gegard Mousasi (@mousasi_mma) March 31, 2013 CONGRATS, CHAMP BREAKING NEWS!! Icing on the cake…..”¦ ”” Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 31, 2013 Feels so good right now! Ready to man up!!”¦ ”” Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 31, 2013 SIDELINED SNOWMAN Pec tendon reattached Tuesday”¦ ”” Jeff Monson (@JeffMonson) March 28, 2013”¦ ”” Jeff Monson (@JeffMonson) March 30, 2013 Pectoral tendon repair. I don’t have time to bleed, lol ”” Jeff Monson (@JeffMonson) March 30, 2013 READY FOR BENDO RT @ymedeiros Awesome #wrestling @gilbertmelendez @natediaz209. @mzctx holding it down for #hawaii in #sanfran”¦ ”” Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) March 27, 2013 CLASSY This is what it looks like exactly 10 seconds before someone finds out just how mildly famous I am”¦ ”” Sean McCorkle (@BigSexyMcCorkle) March 30, 2013 @sycosteve…

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