By Zach Arnold | July 26, 2013
Tim Kennedy says he’ll be happy to fight Vitor Belfort… as long as it’s in a state like California. Why? This is why:
“Listen, I am 33 years old,” he said. “I have been jumping out of planes, shot at, exploded, blown up for 10 years. I’ve been punched in the head for 15 years. If anybody’s going to have an excuse to use testosterone, it would be me. I do not need testosterone. My level of testosterone is like twice that of an average dude. So guess what I haven’t done? Steroids in the past. Oh man, there it is.
“It is complete horses–t that these guys are using testosterone. It’s cheating.”
Well, Dana White has a gift for Vitor Belfort. I guess somebody needs to be the Strikeforce Killer. Doesn’t have the same ring as the Gracie Hunter, but I suppose it pays well.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) July 27, 2013
In a quest to kill two birds with one stone, the UFC is considering a fight between top testosterone user Vitor Belfort and emasculated UFC pay scale criticizer Tim Kennedy. Only in the world of UFC could someone with honorable military service to his country be viewed as the bad guy… unless you’re WWE and you turn Sgt. Slaughter heel during the first Iraq war.
According to the UFC rankings, Vitor is #2 at MW. Tim Kennedy is unranked. Makes perfect sense. Right?
— FrontRowBrian (@FrontRowBrian) July 27, 2013
Lots of people are questioning why this fight may take place. The simple answer? Here’s one part of the rationale.
Vitor Belfort vs Tim Kennedy in Brazil.. Yeah, so, don't talk shit about fighter pay whilst you're in the UFC is the message being sent.
— Ashley Christie (@MMANotions) July 27, 2013
For the UFC, it’s a win-win scenario. Keep pushing & protecting a top testosterone user in the company, especially since he’s right in the Middleweight title picture with the chaos surrounding the Anderson Silva loss. Protect him by keeping Vitor in Brazil where the steroids can flow freely. Push him against a fighter who embarassed UFC management with a takedown of fighter pay and has also been an outspoken critic of testosterone usage by fighters in the organization.
Kill two birds with one stone. And make the military guy a heel, to boot. Right on cue, here’s Tim Miller with the testosterone defense for Vitor:
I’m sure Kennedy will have something to say leading up to the fight. Maybe he’ll complain about not getting hazard pay when facing an opponent on TRT.
The other thing, TRT does not make you a better athlete. It does not make you a superhuman, and if you’re 35 years old, it doesn’t make your body 25 yrs old again. I actually had a chance to speak with a doctor here in San Antonio. Doctor Robert Yerrington. His son, Jason owns Ohana Jiu Jitsu and is my MMA coach. Jason has coached many fighters and fight teams both pro and amateur for local promotions.
Of course testosterone is a performance-enhancer — if it didn’t enhance your performance, nobody would be taking it. It doesn’t matter if you look like Vitor Belfort or if you look like Bartolo Colon, there’s a reason guys are users of anabolic steroids. It also helps with recovery from injuries suffered during both training and fights. To deny that testosterone usage has no benefits is simply putting the blinders on.
Meanwhile, Dana White & Pete Carroll entertained a session of the Mutual Admiration Society in Seattle.
@danawhite great meeting you Dana! we have much respect for your guys!
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) July 27, 2013
Both men know a thing of two about having a roster full of suspended drug users.