With TRT no longer legal for fighters to take, the UFC seems to be on the right track in terms of keeping the sport clean. Yes, TRT is definitely an advantage for fighters who take it. They are able to train harder and longer, and it also lets them recovery from their injuries at a faster rate. One of the most popular fighters that uses it is Vitor Belfort.
Belfort has been taking it for several years now, but will no longer be able to. In fact, since the UFC has implemented the ban of TRT, Belfort will not be able to fight Chris Weidman for the belt, which was scheduled to go down at UFC 173. Now, Lyoto Machida gets the title shot against Weidman, which is still an entertaining main event.
Machida has never looked better since transitioning to the middleweight division. He’s now 2-0 in the division, and he’s going to give Weidman a lot of interesting problems come fight time. Machida is fast and very elusive, but he’s going to have problems with Chris’ size, wrestling and reach.
Also, Weidman has all of the confidence in the world, having beat Anderson Silva, the greatest fighter to ever compete in the sport, twice. If anyone can solve the Machida riddle, it’s Weidman, and he’s looking to prove that his past victories over Silva were not flukes. He has the chance to do this against Machida, and fans are in for a great war.
If Weidman can defeat Machida, whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, there is no doubt he’s the very best middleweight in MMA right now.