Luke Rockhold: Why Won't Vitor Belfort Release His Drug Test Results?

UFC middleweight contender Luke Rockhold has been chomping at the bit for a rematch with Vitor Belfort for months now and has become even more adamant on the subject after his most recent win over Costas Philippou

The American Kickboxing Academy fighter called out "The Phenom" for never releasing the results of his Nevada State Athletic Commission-issued drug test when he spoke with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on Wednesday (via Fighters Only).

"He didn't release his test [results] and I think that speaks volumes. If he didn't [fail the test] then why wouldn't he release the test results?" Rockhold asked. 

Rockhold, the last reigning Strikeforce middleweight champ, fought Belfort just under a year ago at UFC on FX 8 last May. 

Belfort dropped his American counterpart with a picture-perfect spinning heel kick and made sure he didn't recover by delivering hard punches on the ground. 

Despite getting finished decisively, Rockhold remains insistent that he would "redeem himself" in a rematch with the Brazilian knockout artist, per Bloody Elbow

Interestingly, Belfort just told MMA Fighting that did all the tests the NSAC requires on his own and passed them all.

He did not clarify if he was also referring to the February 7 drug test administered by the NSAC.

Belfort is currently angling to replace Lyoto Machida against Chris Weidman at UFC 175 on July 5, and while that option seems pretty unlikely, it is feasible that Belfort could face the winner at the end of the year. 

Meanwhile, Rockhold is set to clash with gritty cage veteran Tim Boetsch at UFC 172 Saturday evening, a task that should not be taken lightly. 

Will Rockhold be able to climb the ladder and earn his revenge against Belfort, or would a rematch just be a repeat of their first encounter? 

John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Vitor Belfort talks controversial pre-UFC 187 drug tests, wonders if Chris Weidman stopped 'cycling’

  • 22 days ago

Four months later, Vitor Belfort has decided to fire back at Chris Weidman. Days before the middleweight title fight between Weidman and Belfort in May, a report by ESPN revealed that both fighters p read news >>

Vitor Belfort on Chris Weidman's UFC 187 drug test: 'Did he stop cycling?'

  • 21 days ago

Vitor Belfort decided to lobby an accusation back in the direction of his UFC middleweight Chris Weidman when discussing drug testing recently. Vitor Belfort's name has come up a bit in recent days d read news >>

Report: Belfort fought at UFC 152 after testing for elevated testosterone

  • 16 days ago

Vitor Belfort is no stranger to drug testing controversy, but now another issue has been uncovered stemming from a test taken prior to his short-notice UFC title fight vs. Jon Jones. It's almost 3 ye read news >>

Report: Vitor Belfort blew up pre-fight drug test, UFC let him fight anyway

  • 16 days ago

"I'm an old lion, I have tricks, you know what I mean?" -- Vitor Belfort Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder Vitor Belfort was given a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testoste read news >>

Cris Cyborg fires shot at Ronda Rousey, UFC in wake of Vitor Belfort’s reportedly failed drug test

  • 15 days ago

Vitor Belfort is once again surrounded by controversial drug test results, after Josh Gross reported on Monday that "The Phenom" has failed a drug test with elevated levels of testosterone before his read news >>

Cris Cyborg Blasts UFC over Vitor Belfort Doping Test, Challenges Ronda Rousey

  • 15 days ago

Cris Cyborg has hit out at the UFC regarding the drug scandal currently engulfing her compatriot Vitor Belfort and has challenged Ronda Rousey to join her in undertaking stringent testing procedures. read news >>

Live Chat: Vitor Belfort drug test, Bellator Dynamite results, UFC Fight Night 75 preview

  • 15 days ago

This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat. There's quite a bit to get to. For starters, I'm back from San Jose after the first Bellator 142: Dynamite show and reviews of the event have been gener read news >>

Luke Rockhold: Vitor Belfort Is a Disgrace to the Sport

  • 14 days ago

Just when you thought it was over, the saga of Vitor Belfort and his involvement with performance enhancing drugs continues. On Monday, veteran journalist Josh Gross published a report detailing the read news >>

Manager: Jon Jones furious over Vitor Belfort's UFC 152 drug test revelation

  • 13 days ago

You're not going to like him when he's angry... Though he has refrained from using social media, disgraced pound-for-pound Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Jon Jones reads the mixed martial read news >>

UFC Denies Cover-Up of ‘Sketchy’ Vitor Belfort Drug Test

  • 4 days ago

The UFC has remained silent about the exposé revealing a “sketchy drug test that didn’t stop Vitor Belfort from fighting” at UFC 152 ... until now. read news >>