UFC president Dana White has switched stances on the use of testosterone replacement therapy among his fighters in the UFC.
Does that mean he is getting rid of TRT completely? Of course not, as White really has no way of doing that unless he wanted to fire each fighter who requests the use.
Instead, the UFC boss made a promise recently: every fighter using an exemption for TRT will be tested, and tested frequently.
If you asked me three months ago, it’s legal. It’s sports science, but everybody figures out a way to take a great thing and cheat and make it bad. What guys are doing, I believe guys are doing, is jacking up this stuff through the roof through their entire training camp then getting back down to normal levels right before the fight, which is cheating.
I hate it. I don’t like it. I’m going to fight it. And if you are using TRT in the UFC, we’re going to start testing the [expletive] out of you through your entire camp. I truly believe guys are cheating on it, and I don’t like to see a natural gifted athlete go in and fight against a guy who has been jacked up on TRT for three months.
As White himself stated, he was previously for the use. Fighters such as Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir and Dan Henderson have all been granted exemptions for it and competed. In fact, Belfort, Sonnen and Mir all fought for UFC gold, and Henderson was scheduled to until he was injured.
Belfort’s case has caused a stir because “The Phenom” previously tested positive for steroids in his career.
Fighters much be within the legal limit set before them by the commission for testosterone in their system when they are tested. Nate Marquardt, another UFC fighter who used TRT, failed to do so and was not allowed to compete. The UFC released him, he went on to fight for Strikeforce, and is expected to compete later this year inside the Octagon again.
We’re regulated by the government. Testosterone replacement therapy is legal. “Well, I think we should test guys all the way up until their fight to make sure that the entire training camp their limits are where they’re supposed to be, they’re at the legal limits their whole camp. When you sit down and you start talking about it, it’s not fair. It’s not fair. And if your testosterone level isn’t high enough, maybe you’re too old to fight.
I personally feel that the use of TRT is such a fine-line that fighters are likely taking advantage of it. If White holds up to his word, and makes the fighters test more frequently, it might work.
It might, but that’s doubtful, especially considering how long pro athletes have been getting away with using illegal drugs and performance enhancers.