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Saturday 12, Jul 2014

Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort Admits Failing Drug Test

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UFC middleweight Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has admitted he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on February 7, 2014. The middleweight contender has also been pulled out from UFC 175 after the failed random drug test.

Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was originally slated to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to get a license to fight against the Chael Sonnen, who retired a few days back, at the July 5 event inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has also been removed from the upcoming NSAC agenda as he is no longer in urgent need of a license to compete in Nevada. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion claimed that his high testosterone levels were because of testosterone replacement therapy treatment that was administered by his doctor the day before the NSAC test.

Belfort posted lab reports that revealed his testosterone level was 1472 milligrams per deciliter on February 7 that is considered to be “above therapeutic range.” According to a test result dated February 22, Belfort modified his TRT regiment and his testosterone levels dropped to a more reasonable 681 mg/Dl within two weeks. He added his physicians had immediately modified his therapy to return him to within the therapeutic range.

In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, which is legally defined as an anabolic steroid and banned in Major League Baseball and other sports. Belfort lost a unanimous decision to Pride Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006. It was argued by Belfort that he bought an over-the-counter supplement which contained 4-Hydroxytestosterone and explained that he could have received the drug as the result of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. In a statement to NSAC, Dr. Greco stated that he administered post surgical injections containing testosterone to Belfort, who was then suspended for nine months from the date of the hearing and fined $10,000.

The NSAC decided to ban Testosterone replacement therapy a few days after Belfort took his test. Meanwhile, the UFC defended Belfort in its statement and said the UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process and added we pending commission approval look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.

In his first sanctioned mixed martial arts match, Belfort at the age of 19 defeated Jon Hess in 12 seconds by knockout. In his debut event in the UFC, Belfort beat two fighters and won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament to become the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. In 1999, Vítor moved on to fight in the PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan and fought against some of the most famous names, including Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, Daijiro Matsui, Bobby Southworth, and Heath Herring.

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Monday 16, Jun 2014

Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

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Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen who failed a random drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced his retirement from competitive mixed martial arts on June 11, 2014.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found Sonnen’s sample positive for two illegal substances, Anastrozole and Clomiphene.

Clomiphene is a female infertility drug and is used by athletes and bodybuilders to prevent estrogenic side effects (such as oily skin and gynecomastia) that are associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids. Anastrozole (Arimidex) is medically prescribed for treating breast cancer and is used for on-cycle support by athletes while using anabolic steroids.

Sonnen, who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, expressed frustration with the recent rule changes by NSAC regarding Testosterone replacement therapy. Explaining his positive drug test, Chael Sonnen remarked there is a transition period while getting off from TRT and he couldn’t have been more open or more transparent. He added he used perfectly legal substances that are not performance enhancing drugs or anabolic steroids. Sonnen went on to remark that he used the drugs for preventing side effects from getting off Testosterone replacement therapy and also required them for fertility reasons. Sonnen remarked doctors prescribed him Anastrozole and Clomiphene with a hope of stimulating natural testosterone production after TRT was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission in February.

Sonnen further remarked that his legitimate medical need for estrogen blockers would not allow him to stop taking them, leaving him with no option but to announce his retirement. He thanked his fans, team members, Fox Sports, UFC executives, and Nevada State Athletic Commission board member Bill Brady and also thanked former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, whom he challenged for the title in 2010 and 2012. Sonnen said he wants to thank the single most important opponent he ever had.

In 2009, Sonnen’s career took off after he mocked Silva in public events and media interviews. Sonnen was superior to Silva through four rounds of a title fight at UFC 117 in August 2010 before he submitted to a triangle choke in the final round. After this fight, Sonnen tested positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio for which he was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year (until September 2, 2011) by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) though his suspension was later reduced to six months. Sonnen then revealed a diagnosis of hypogonadism and being approved for TRT. A rematch against Anderson Silva remains the highest-grossing UFC event ever held in Las Vegas. It took place at UFC 148 in July 2012 and the event drew an attendance of 15,016 and a live gate of $7 million wherein Sonnen lost via TKO in the second round.

The three-time UFC title contender started his career in May 1997 and was pulled out by the UFC from a light heavyweight bout against Vitor Belfort, scheduled for July 5 in Las Vegas, because of the failed drug test. One of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the UFC, Sonnen (28-14-1), Sonnen hosted “UFC Tonight” with Kenny Florian and also acted as an analyst for UFC live events.

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Sunday 25, May 2014

Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

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Juan Manuel Marquez May Be Doping, Says Conte

Mexican professional boxer Juan Manuel Márquez Méndez, a five-division world champion, may be using banned performance enhancing drugs, according to Victor Conte. The presence of acne on the chest on Marquez was rated as a sign of doping by Conte who remarked elevated testosterone levels in teen males can cause acne.

Conte made these comments after Marquez scored a sensational win over Mike Alvarado in their 12-round welterweight clash. Marquez booked a 117-109, 117-109, 119-108 win over Alvarado. Several boxing enthusiasts started criticizing Marquez after his chest was seen filled with pimples and acne.

Conte, the founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative or BALCO, spent four months in jail after his company was found guilty of producing and distributing anabolic androgenic steroids. He also served a four-month house arrest after he pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute steroids and money laundering. Since then, Victor Conte has made every possible attempt to be seen as a big supporter of drug testing in sports. Nowadays, Conte is involved in research for producing legal ways of making athletes perform better including hypoxic training.

In a statement, Conte blasted drug testing methods performed by the state commissions, inability of the media to report it, and the lack of interest of boxing promoters in cleaning up the sport. Conte went on to remark that promoters of boxing are enabling and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs in boxing and this is all because of money. He continued that a dark cloud will hover without random testing and added random testing hopefully will become the standard for elite boxers in the near future.

Max Kellerman, the host of Face Off and one of the voices of HBO boxing, also raised his doubts about Juan Manuel Marquez. Kellerman said he is always highly cynical when he sees a guy who gets faster when he gets older and added that we live in a time where even before you get in association with people who have been caught up in scandals involving PEDs, there’s always that cloud of suspicion with a modern athlete who performs well and maybe differently as he gets to an advanced athletic age.  Kellerman also remarked there is always that suspicion and that has certainly followed Marquez in recent years, particularly after the (fourth Manny) Pacquiao fight.

However, John Kelvin of Boxing News 24, said the emphatic win was a result of Marquez’s great conditioning and savvy in the ring. The boxing writer said this accusation has been floating around since Marquez linked up with strength and conditioning coach Angel Heredia, before his knockout victory over his great rival Manny Pacquiao. He added Juan Manuel Marquez has never failed a drug test in his career, so there is no evidence to suggest that he is doing anything illegal. In his article, Kelvin remarked it is disrespectful of some fans to throw such damaging accusations at a great fighter who has given so many great nights and fights to the world. Marquez has got to the level he is at in his career due to hard work, determination, and discipline.

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Friday 23, May 2014

Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

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Increasing Number Of Men Are Afflicted With Bigorexia

Colin Tyrie, public health advisor at Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust, has issued a warning of an off-the-scale demand for ‘bodybuilder drugs’ in Greater Manchester. Last year, police made 1,488 seizures of steroids across the region that is almost double the previous year’s total of 799.

The ‘needle shots’ of anabolic androgenic steroids can be made for as little as £2 and use of these drugs is extending well beyond amateur and professional bodybuilders. In the last few years, steroid use has been greatly associated with police officers, builders, and security guards. A NHS-run Pump Clinic in Ancoats that provides advice on anabolic steroids and operates a needle service for ensuring that the drugs are used safely have about 600 steroid users on the books. The NHS-run Pump Clinic is now seeing athletes from rugby, cycling, and young actors.

It is believed by some experts that men drawn to anabolic steroids could be suffering from ‘Adonis body syndrome’ or ‘Bigorexia’. Bigorexia (also known as Muscle dysmorphia or Reverse anorexia) is a disorder in which an individual becomes obsessed with the illusion that he or she is not muscular enough. The use of steroids in long-term or steroid abuse (or overdosing) can be associated with the development or aggravation of side effects like hair loss, acne, and shrunken testicles. Steroid abuse can also be a reason behind problems with the liver, heart, kidney, and fertility. Use of injectable steroids through shared needles can increase the possibility of contracting HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

Tyrie remarked the ‘trickle’ of people coming to the clinic has become a torrent due to the growing pressure on young men to have a ‘good’ physical appearance. The health expert expressed fears that the new market for anabolic androgenic steroids may create health problems and remarked when they were really easily accessible but with a smaller demand, we tended not to get a lot of problems with them. Tyrie added that the people who were using them knew a bit more about it and they researched them to an extent and they were generally athletes or body builders. He said now it’s gone off the scale with people doing it for emerging reasons and they might be less inclined to do the research required. Tyrie added the male role in society has become quite damaged and it is not sure what it is any more. The public health advisor added that men don’t have an identity like our fathers did so there’s this sense we’re trying to fulfill that. He went on to add that there is quite a strong prevalence of this amongst white working class males and it is a quick way to get prestige to say ‘yes I’m a big bloke’ and all the associations that go with that.

Tyrie said further study was needed to understand the long-term effects of anabolic steroids and also remarked if there is a ticking health time-bomb, we are pushing users away by criminalizing them more and more and that is what is happened in the past with drugs

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Saturday 17, May 2014

NM Senator Adds Support For Steroid Control Act

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NM Senator Adds Support For Steroid Control Act

Martin Heinrich, the senator for New Mexico, has announced that he will be supporting the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act (DASCA). By extending his support, Heinrich joins Sen. Whitehouse RI, Sen. Hatch UT and Sen. McCain AZ as a co-sponsor.

The announcement by Heinrich was welcomed by Mike Greene, vice president, government affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), who remarked the association appreciated Sen. Heinrich’s support of DASCA. He added anabolic steroids falsely marketed as dietary supplements continue to be an issue if you look at the warning letters from the FDA over the last four years.

Greene remarked the Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act gives the Drug Enforcement Administration much needed authority to rapidly respond when new designer anabolic steroids, which are illegal drugs, masquerade as dietary supplements and we hope the colleagues of Sen. Heinrich in the Senate will join him in co-sponsoring DASCA.

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act seeks to ensure that anabolic androgenic steroids are not misrepresented as legitimate dietary supplements. This act will make this differentiation by broadening the definition and imposing tougher penalties on firms making and selling anabolics as legal supplements. DASCA also seeks to amend the Controlled Substances Act and add more than 25 new substances to the current lists of defined anabolic androgenic steroids, and revises the process whereby new substances can be added in the future. The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act also imposes tougher penalties (up to $2.5m and up to 10 years in prison) for the manufacture, sale, and/or distribution of substances that meet the definition.

In 2012, a bill of the same name was introduced by Senators Hatch and Whitehouse, but failed to pass into law. Introduction of DASCA was welcomed by a joint statement from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the Natural Products Association (NPA), and the United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). The statement said the trade associations of the dietary supplement industry strongly support DASCA, a bill that protects consumers by empowering the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with new tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids are falsely marketed as dietary supplements. The statement also said this will make it easier for DEA to identify and catalog new chemicals and DASCA will also allow DEA to respond faster to stop those criminals who create new anabolic substances closely resembling listed ones, but tweaked just enough that they are not identical to their flagged counterparts.

The joint statement also said unapproved steroids illegally sold as dietary supplements are not only dangerous for consumers, but also unfairly damage the reputation of responsible dietary supplement companies that provide consumers with legitimate, high-quality and beneficial supplements for sports nutrition and performance. It went on to add that responsible dietary supplement industry stakeholders have consistently supported congressional and regulatory efforts to enact and enforce laws that help eliminate illegal products that masquerade as dietary supplements, and to prosecute the criminals who manufacture and sell them.

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Friday 25, Apr 2014

Ronda Rousey Unloads On Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino

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Ronda Jean Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, has blistered Cris “Cyborg” Justino for her steroid use. Rousey said use of steroids is criminal and urged fighters to be banned from competition after one failed test.

 Rousey also remarked she is turned off by what she termed as long-term use of performance enhancing drugs by Justino who admitted to using the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to her December 17, 2011, bout against Hiroko Yamanak to help her make weight. Justino however remarked Stanozolol use came as a result of bad advice. Last month, she said that she always had muscles for as long as she remembers and it is how she was born. She added Stanozolol (Winstrol) use was for the weight and it was a mistake, but it wasn’t to cheat and get muscles.

The last Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Rousey raved about jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai kickboxing skills of Alexis Davis who she will be fight for a July 5 title defense in Las Vegas. Rousey remarked she thinks the reason why people don’t know her so well has nothing to do with her actual talent and more to do with the way she has chosen to promote her fights.

Ronda Rousey also said it would be a dream to compete against Gina Carano and had words of praise for the skills of former boxing champion Holly Holm. Rousey said he totally adores Gina and a fight against her would be a privilege and an honor. Rousey remarked she will be honored to fight a competitor like Gina, who is an example of what real respect and honor is in the cage. She also said Holm, the former boxing champion, is fantastic and she thinks UFC fans would love her.

Rousey said she does not buy Justino’s argument and remarked she thought penalties for using performance enhancing drugs should be much stiffer than they are. Rousey said penalties should be stronger due to the potential consequences of steroid usage and added she was in favor of random, unannounced testing as is done during Olympic competition.

Justino was suspended by California Commission for one year and fined her $2,500. Ronda Jean Rousey came heavily on Justino and remarked this girl has been on steroids for so long and has been injecting herself for so long that she’s not even a woman anymore. Rousey added she’s an ‘it’ and this is not good for the women’s division. Rousey went on to remark she could ruin the whole sport and even though it’s a fight a lot of people want to see, even if she beats the living crap out of her, it won’t be good for the sport because then she’d still be in the UFC.

Americana MMA owner Peter Giannoulis said Rousey should be suspended or fined for her comments about Cyborg. Cyborg is making efforts to make it to the 135-pound weight class of Rousey so she can enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and challenge her.

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Saturday 08, Mar 2014

NSAC Bans Fighters From Using TRT

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NSAC Bans Fighters From Using TRT

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), in a landmark decision, has unanimously approved a motion to ban the practice of awarding fighters a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in the state of Nevada for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The decision comes in the wake of an ESPN story that covered how high testosterone replacement therapy exemptions are in the MMA world.

This ban on TRT is effective immediately and stretches across the realms of mixed martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing. It includes users who have received TUEs for TRT from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in the past and future applicants for TRT. The NSAC officials urged representatives from fellow athletic commissions to put a similar ban in their states by banning TRT exemptions in their corresponding states.

NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar said he is comfortable with the information we have before us, and I would welcome and encourage the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) to look at this issue for all commissions in all states across the country. He further added that he believes it is important that there be a standard set, and he thinks we’re not afraid of making that standard known, and then following the discussion after this point in time. Aguilar added he do believe that this is something that gives people an unfair advantage for these actual benefits and said he thinks that it’s unfair for those fighters who are lucky enough to not have to go through the process. Aguilar added it is not fair to them when they have to meet a competitor, who is, somehow, could be (using) an advantage.

The UFC, minutes after the decision of NSAC, made an announcement that it will also ban TRT exemptions moving forward. Dana White tweeted that it is a great day in the sport and he applauded NSAC. The UFC President remarked TRT needed to go away. In an official statement, the UFC said the Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The statement reads we believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events and we encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling. After the UFC announcement, Vitor Belfort has withdrawn from UFC 173 and now Lyoto Machida will fight UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman on the upcoming pay-per-view card, which takes place May 24.

Dr. Don Catlin, a leading anti-doping expert of the MMA testosterone exemptions, said he is on the IOC committee that reviews [therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone] requests. Catlin said we essentially grant none but in boxing and MMA there is no central control and there is no set of rules that everybody has to follow. Therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone should be rare, according to U.S. and international anti-doping agencies. They believe such exemptions should be permitted only in dire medical cases such as testicular cancer and Hodgkin’s disease.

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Tuesday 18, Feb 2014

New Steroid Act Hailed By Trade Associations

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New Steroid Act Hailed By Trade Associations

A coalition of associations representing supplement manufacturers have expressed their support in the favor of Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2014 that was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

The coalition consists of the American Herbal Products Association, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the Council for Responsible Nutrition, the Natural Products Association, and the United Natural Products Alliance. It said the trade associations of the dietary supplement industry strongly support DASCA, a bill that protects consumers by empowering the Drug Enforcement Administration with new tools to identify and quickly respond when new designer anabolic steroids — illegal drugs — are falsely marketed as dietary supplements.

The coalition made a joint statement that read that responsible dietary supplement industry stakeholders have consistently supported congressional and regulatory efforts to enact and enforce laws that help eliminate illegal products that masquerade as dietary supplements, and to prosecute the criminals who manufacture and sell them. It added that the industry lobbied Congress to pass the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, and our trade associations are proud to work with Sens. Whitehouse and Hatch on this critical issue and added we are committed to coming together to advance this important legislation and to see that it is enacted.

DSACA was also welcomed by Travis Tygart, CEO of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who remarked that this legislation introduced by Senators Hatch and Whitehouse is an important step in helping to protect athletes at all levels, parents and all consumers from unscrupulous companies who are selling dangerous designer steroids disguised as supplements.

The Designer Anabolic Steroid Control Act would immediately place 27 known designer anabolic steroids on the list of controlled substances. It would also grant authority to the DEA to temporarily schedule new designer steroids on the controlled substances list, so that if bad actors develop new variations, these products can be removed from the market. In addition to this, DASCA will also create new penalties for importing, manufacturing, or distributing anabolic steroids under false labels and authorize the U.S. Attorney General to publish a list of products containing an anabolic steroid that are not properly labeled.

Hatch remarked designer anabolic steroids present serious health risks, and this bill will ensure that the DEA has the ability to test products for anabolic effects and declare them controlled substances before they enter the marketplace. He added the DEA needs to be able to act faster and have better enforcement tools to prosecute those that develop and falsely market anabolic steroids as safe products. Whitehouse remarked the world’s top athletes competing in the Winter Olympics are subject to strict guidelines and rigorous testing to prevent the use of steroids, as they should be and added at the same time, many American citizens may be unknowingly dosing themselves with these harmful substances. Whitehouse added that American consumers deserve to know what is in the products they purchase and this bill would help prevent the sale of falsely labeled steroids and punish those who seek to profit from them.

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Thursday 06, Feb 2014

Dana White Supports TRT Ban

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has called therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy a form of “cheating.”

White has supported the proposal of the Association of Ringside Physicians to eliminate TUE in combat sports.

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) recently issued an announcement that decried the practice of athletic commissions granting TUE for testosterone replacement therapy. It was remarked by ARP that the incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare and the use of anabolic steroids such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. ARP added that the use of any type of steroid, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. It also added that testosterone replacement therapy may give an unfair advantage to a combat sports athlete contradictory to the integrity of sport and the Association of Ringside Physicians consequently supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.

White’s hard-line stance on TRT is believed to have come after Vitor Belfort’s request for a TRT exemption when he will meet 185-pound champion Chris Weidman this summer. White remarked Belfort drives him crazy and both of them were not on good terms a few months ago.

Velfort is one of the many fighters using testosterone replacement therapy. The UFC fighter has been widely criticized for using the treatment in spite of his tainted history with the abuse of performance enhancing drugs. The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion is #2 in official UFC middleweight rankings as of January 27, 2014.

Popularly known as “The Phenom“, Vitor Vieira Belfort failed a steroid test for testosterone at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006, before his Pride fight in Las Vegas where he lost to Dan Henderson. Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, an illegal substance and claimed he bought an over the counter supplement containing the substance. He also explained that he may have received the substance as the result of rehabilitative injections administered to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco after a surgery for repairing a torn meniscus in his knee in the summer of 2006. Belfort was suspended for nine months from the date of hearing on December 21, 2006 after the Nevada State Athletic Commission said Belfort was still in violation of banned substances policy even if the practitioner did not inform him that the post surgical injections (containing testosterone) contained anabolic steroids. In Nevada, no fighter who has tested positive for anabolic steroids in the past has received a therapeutic use exemption.

Belfort, at the age of 19, became the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. Vítor participated in Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships and fought against the likes of Alistair Overeem, Bobby Southworth, Heath Herring, Gilbert Yvel, and Daijiro Matsui. On May 18, 2013, Belfort faced final Strikeforce Middleweight Champion and promotional newcomer at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold and won the fight in the first round via knockout.

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Tuesday 04, Feb 2014

The Ultimate Warrior Inducted Into WWE Hall Of Fame

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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has inducted @The Ultimate Warrior as the first inductee this year into the Hall of Fame.

On July 15, 2013, Warrior featured in a WWE 2K14 game trailer and revealed he was in the roster as a pre-order bonus. Warrior was selected as one of six legends to be included in the Defining Moments series of action figures.

In a statement, WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive, and outspoken Superstar in sports entertainment history, and his contributions to the World Wrestling Entertainment were extraordinary. McMahon added we are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Till date, fans remember the pulsating entrance music whenever The Ultimate Warrior entered the arena. The wrestler was known to be one of the best superstars of McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation and gave tough competition to Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Rick Rude and, “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Considered to be one of most polarizing Superstars in the history of professional wrestling, Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig) is best known for the title-versus-title match  against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI is still rated very highly by wrestling fans. The Ultimate Warrior won the WWF Championship when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the WrestleMania VI’s main event.

Hellwig won the 1984 NPC Mr. Georgia crown after competing in a number of NPC contests. In 1985, Hellwig joined a group of bodybuilders – Steve “Flash” Borden, Garland Donoho, and Mark Miller – who wanted to make a transition into professional wrestling. He then debuted in the Dallas, Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) promotion in 1986 where Warrior wrestled for $50 a night. In June 1987, he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and defeated the likes of Steve Lombardi, Barry Horowitz, and Iron Mike Sharpe. Hellwig made his television debut as The Ultimate Warrior on the October 25, 1987 airing of WWF Wrestling Challenge.

The wrestler is best known for not having a very good relationship with Vince McMahon. In 1991, The Ultimate Warrior was shown the door by McMahon after the wrestler demanded more money for continuing showing up, including for the then upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view. McMahon suspended him after SummerSlam and the wrestler was off television for as many as nine months before making a surprise return at WrestleMania VIII. After that, The Ultimate Warrior was again released probably due to McMahon’s upcoming steroid hearings. His woes with McMahon continued even after these events. He was fired after McMahon claimed that the wrestler missed events without a good reason. In 2005, WWE released a highly controversial DVD, titled “Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior,” WWE mocked the wrestler. The Warrior then filed a lawsuit against the WWE and claimed the DVD projected violated a March 2000 settlement agreement that stated both sides would not disparage each other. However, it was ruled by an Arizona judge that The Ultimate Warrior had breached his own agreement first for disparaging public comments about the WWE.

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