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Belfort gives up title shot after Nevada bans TRT

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Belfort gives up title shot after Nevada bans TRT
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: (L-R) Vitor Belfort kicks Dan Henderson in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC event at Arena Goiania on November 9, 2013 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: Referee Dan Miragliotta (L) moves in to stop the fight as Vitor Belfort (red shorts) knocks out Dan Henderson in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC event at Arena Goiania on November 9, 2013 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Vitor Belfort, from Brazil, left, kicks Michael Bisping, from Britain during their middleweight mixed martial arts bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Vitor Belfort, right, throws a kick against Anderson Silva during the first round of a middleweight title UFC 126 mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Las Vegas. Silva won by knockout in the first round. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
GOIANIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 09: An overhead view of the Octagon as Vitor Belfort (red shorts) defeats Dan Henderson during the UFC event at Arena Goiania on November 9, 2013 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 19: (R-L) Vitor Belfort battles Michael Bisping in their middleweight fight at the UFC on FX event on January 19, 2013 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Vitor Belfort kicks Jon 'Bones' Jones during their light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 152 inside Air Canada Centre on September 22, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: Vitor Belfort (white shorts) attempts an arm bar submission against Jon ''Bones'' Jones during their light heavyweight championship bout at UFC 152 inside Air Canada Centre on September 22, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 06: (R-L) Vitor Belfort punches Yoshihiro Akiyama during a middleweight bout at UFC 133 at Wells Fargo Center on August 6, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 11: Vitor Belfort works out for the media and fans during the UFC 142 Open Workouts at Barra de Tijuca Beach on January 11, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Vitor Belfort has dropped out of his upcoming UFC middleweight title shot a few hours after the Nevada Athletic Commission banned testosterone replacement therapy.
Belfort was scheduled to fight 185-pound champion Chris Weidman in Las Vegas at UFC 173 on May 24. His title shot was given to Lyoto Machida on Thursday night.

The 36-year-old Belfort has been open about his use of synthetic testosterone for a few years. The former light heavyweight champion's sanctioned steroid use has coincided with an improbable career resurgence for three consecutive early round knockout victories in 2013.

The influential Nevada commission voted unanimously on Thursday to stop granting therapeutic use exemptions for TRT, closing a widely criticized loophole that allowed fighters to compete on steroids.Belfort says he'll continue fighting, but without TRT.

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