Friday, on the eve of UFC 187, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman made his feelings known about his opponent. Weidman called Vitor Belfort a cheater, because of testosterone levels in his urine.
“I’m going to make him pay for it,” Weidman told ESPN. “Cheaters never prosper. I’m going to make that little saying stick.”
According to ESPN, Belfort’s testosterone level was 1,200 ng/dL on March 16 and 500 ng/dL on April 28. Weidman’s was exactly 370 ng/dL on both of his tests. A range of 348 to 1,197 ng/dL is considered to be normal.
Both fighter’s levels meet the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s standards.
Many consider the 38-year-old Belfort’s levels surprising considering the fighter’s history of claiming to have low testosterone. He was approved for testosterone-replacement therapy in 2013.
“I found out his testosterone scores throughout his camp,” Weidman said. “They went from 500 to 1,200, which is, like, extremely, extremely high. This is a guy who was on testosterone replacement therapy because he needed it for so long, yet his testosterone is four times the amount of mine, and I’m 10 years younger.
“So he’s cheating, and I called him out on that.”
Weidman (12-0) will defend his title against Belfort (24-10) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.