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TRT Ban Forces Belfort Out of UFC 173, Replaced by Lyoto Machida

by Kel Dansby | Posted on Friday, February 28th, 2014
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The NSAC banned the usage of TRT , Testosterone Replacement Treatment, yesterday and as predicted UFC 173 main event challenger Vitor Belfort has removed himself from the event.

Belfort is a well-known TRT user and has said that his body couldn’t perform without his treatments. Also he’s been using TRT for 3 years now and it’s not known if it could’ve been removed from his system in time for the mandatory drug test.

Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida will step  into the octagon as his replacement to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Weidman has defeated all-time great Anderson Silva twice for the title, once to obtain the belt and once to defend the belt. Machida and Silva are training partners in Brazil and long-time friends. Machida is one of the best Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world, which will bode well against Weidman’s take-down heavy style.

In 24 hours the banning of TRT has shaken up the MMA world and more announcements are surely to follow.

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