Belfort: “I didn’t back out of the fight, I just won’t have time to comply with the new rules”

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Vitor Belfort is really out of the main event on UFC 173, when he was schedule to fight Chris Weidman for the middleweight title.

The decision came after the Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to ban Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) earlier this week.

However, the Brazilian fighter just released a statement saying that he didn’t really say that he was giving up the title shot.

Here’s what Belfort said: “I never gave up the fight on UFC 173. I never said that. What I announced was that I would stop doing the TRT so I could keep my dream of fighting. The UFC opted for replacing me beacause I wouldn’t have time to comply with the new rules. According to the UFC, I’ll face the winner of  Weidman vs. Machida already under the new regulations. I’m sorry far all that happened and I thank the support of fan, sponsors, the UFC and also all athletic commissions.”

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