Vitor Belfort gives up title shot over Nevada's ban of TRT

Vitor Belfort (right) kicks Michael Bisping during the UFC event in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 20,...

Vitor Belfort (right) kicks Michael Bisping during the UFC event in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 PM ET

The fallout from the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision to ban testosterone replacement therapy came fast and furious Friday.

Less than 24 hours after the commission announced it was no longer allow therapeutic exemptions for TRT, the UFC replace Vitor Belfort with Lyoto Machida as the challenger to Chris Weidman's middleweight title at UFC 173, which goes May 24 in Las Vegas.

Belfort has been one of the sport's most high-profile users of TRT, with other fighters including Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen, also admitting they used the hormone replacement therapy. The fighters were all on medically administered TRT programs, which allow patients to maintain testosterone levels within a range that is normal for an adult male.


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