Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission Says Vitor Belfort Hasn't Failed Drug Test

John HeinisSenior Analyst IFebruary 1, 2013

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) Vitor Belfort conducts a workout at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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One of the hottest rumors in MMA on Friday is that UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort failed his UFC on FX 7 pre-fight drug test. 

However, Brazilian media outlet Tatame spoke with a doctor in charge of the drug tests submitted to the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission prior to UFC on FX 7, which took place in Sao Paulo (translation via Bloody Elbow).  

This is nothing but the same rumor, we don't have the results yet, they have not come out.All fighters who took the test are subject to it, but the agency that works in partnership with us has not yet finalized the results. The two main event fighters always take the test, then two more fighters on the preliminary card and two of the main. There are six athletes tested, but none of them ever had the test results confirmed and finalized yet," Dr. Marcio Tannure said ... The doctor's prediction is that the agency, which has the name withheld by him, won't release the results of drug tests from UFC Sao Paulo until the 19th of February, a month after the event.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion delivered a vintage head kick TKO knockout over Bisping at the event, notching his record at 185-pounds to 5-1. 

The only loss "The Phenom" has suffered at middleweight was an embarrassing highlight-reel knockout at the hands of divisional kingpin Anderson Silva at UFC 126 in Feb. 2011. 

Meanwhile, "The Count" entered the bout with five wins in his past six bouts, being promised a title shot against Silva by UFC president Dana White with a win over Belfort. 

After a strange interview with ESPN earlier in the month where the Brazilian failed to confirm or deny he was using testosterone replacement therapy, speculation that he has been using performance-enhancing drugs has run rampant. 

The fact that he showed up to the UFC on FX 7 weigh-ins looking as lean and vascular as ever only added fuel to the proverbial fire. 

Belfort failed a drug test in the past, testing positive for the anabolic steroid 4-hydroxytestosterone, after a unanimous decision loss to Dan Henderson at PRIDE 32 in Oct. 2006.