EFC Africa had their first event late 2009, little did we know that inaugural event would build, shape and change the African MMA landscape forever. With their 21st showing around the corner we took the time to dissect and finally tell the story of EFC Africa and what it actually took to grow it into not only a household brand in Africa, but also the rest of the world.
The 'Phenom’ Vitor Belfort, whilst being one of the most iconic fighters in mixed martial arts, is also a figure of some controversy, not least in 2013. His return to world title contention has been as acclaimed as it has publicly disparaged.
His continued use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is at the heart of MMA’s most contentious issue right now, not helped by his 2006 bust for steroids – one possible cause for low testosterone in adult males.
In a world exclusive interview with Fighters Only, Belfort tackles the subject of TRT in a bid to clear the air with fight fans and fighters, before also discussing his outstanding career revival, love for the Florida sunshine and his desire to once more wear UFC gold.
In a no-holds-barred interview, Belfort reveals how he, in fact, hates having to endure TRT treatment, and suffer the criticism from the controversy that surrounds it. But he also insists that, like any ailment, it’s a disease he can’t cure and requires medical assistance to simply be on level terms with his rivals.
Whether you agree or disagree with his TRT stance, Belfort is not breaking any rules. After all, he’s been cleared by all the necessary doctors and commissions and maintains he’s probably the most tested man in the UFC.
And you can’t deny that his revival in 2013 has been nothing short of spectacular – just ask ex opponents Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.
Surely either the middleweight or light heavyweight UFC belts now await the former champion. The big question now is, which opportunity will knock first?
Plus: discover the buzz around Daniel Cormier as he ponders his light heavyweight future, and John Crouch reveals how he went from band geek to MMA Lab head coach. All this along with the latest news, reviews, previews and performance tips too.
Enjoy the issue!