Could TRT Be On The Way Out Of MMA?

Posted on January 27, 2014, 12:59 PM by Buster Evans
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One of the most controversial subjects in MMA at the moment is without doubt fighters being allowed to undertake testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Fighters who have low levels of testosterone can choose to undergo the treatment before a fight, that is as long as they obtain a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) from the Athletic Commission within the district they are fighting in.

Many people, myself included, feel TRT has no place in the sport and consider it to be the equivalent of using performance-enhancing drugs. In my own opinion, if you can't compete naturally; then you shouldn't be competing.

The Association of Ringside Physicians, a group of doctors that oversees all medical aspects of boxing and mixed martial arts, has put their negative views about TRT out in the open (via Mixedmartialarts.com):

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete, has released a consensus statement on therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replace therapy in professional combat sport athletes, as follows:

The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.
Dr. Ray Monsell
Chairman, ARP

The hottest TRT user at the moment is former UFC light-heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort. Belfort, who is set to challenge Chris Weidman for his middleweight title, has been caught using steroids in the past, but has still been granted a TUE for his last three fights in Brazil. However, "The Phenom" is unlikely to get one when he fights Weidman in Las Vegas, where the fight is regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Comission.

The UFC announced last year that it's now going to be very hard for fighters to be granted a TUE, but with this new information; it could be gone from MMA sooner rather than later.

What are your views on TRT? Is it it fair?


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  • watermelon fresh
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    This has been a long time coming and a ban needs to be instituted on TRT. One of the posters put it perfectly in the past.

    We all don't have same size, speed, strength that were born into as well as testosterone and we accept having differences in other areas and testosterone should be treated no differently.

    Reply 3 months ago
  • holycheapshit
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    TRT in MMA should only be reserved for fighters who suffer from diseases. So basically and foremost the ones, who suffer from Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism. In this case, I can only think of someone like Bigfoot, who had a tumor growth in his brain/pituitary gland, which led to Acromegaly.

    Every other reason should be banned. IMO you have to face the consequences and draw the line at some point. And that is long overdue.

    Reply 3 months ago
  • jmedno5891
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    Is it on its way out in the legal/illegal form from MMA? Looking like that may be the case. Will it be gone for good from MMA? doubt it, any form of competitive sport will always have that certain someone looking to get an edge on the competition and MMA will be no exception. The only way to make it more fair would be to either let everyone do it, or make the consequences so extreme that it isn't even worth trying.

    Reply 3 months ago
  • soiWANNABEafighter
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    oh c'mon guys - it's all just a big hype! I started TRT 2 weeks ago myself!!

    Reply 3 months ago
  • falcon4917
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    Thanks buster for the article.

    Reply 3 months ago
  • falcon4917
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    I am sorry my comment offended some. I will try and be more sensitive to haters in the future.

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  • JTalbain
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    I'm of the opinion that anyone who has a diagnosed condition for which there exists a valid and legal medical treatment should be able to seek that treatment without fear of retaliation from their workplace. There needs to be a clear distinction drawn between therapeutic, legitimately doctor prescribed TRT and TRT used as a way to conceal and facilitate cheating. Almost everyone to a man is against the latter.

    It seems to me that everyone bashing therapeutic TRT is automatically assuming anyone who uses it is a) just using it to cheat or b) using it because they have inflicted a condition upon themselves with the use of PE drugs. With regards to a, if they have a valid medical reason, get bent. As for b, it DOESN'T MATTER. Name one other valid medical treatment which can be denied in any sporting event because how you acquired the condition matters. Go ahead, I'll wait.

    Reply 3 months ago
  • falcon4917
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    You can legitimately naturally resolve low testosterone through a strict diet. I have went over many doc notes on the subject and all I have seen say that you have 2 choices get a shot or take on a strict diet regime to get you testosterone back up. The TRT method is the quick fix and no wonder past steroid abusers want that since thats what they were looking for from the steroids as well, they want results now. It should be banned. Not everyone gets to be a fighter pilot or an astronaut. Life is that some are born with lower and others higher testosterone just like limbs can be longer or shorter, bones thicker or thinner.

    This is a quote from a weight lifter on a forum I visited on the issue. "I'm addicted to the UFC (since UFC 1) Anyway, a very difficult answer and opinion re TRT. For me, it just gives me back some youth and I feel I can compete against any 20+ yrs old again. Is that cheating? Your call bud :) (I'm 46)"

    Brian Stann has said that people literally transform in the gym to virtually superhumans after getting TRT. Even Dan Henderson has said that Vitor will not beat Weidman "especially" if it's in the states where he can't get his TRT. Rich Franklin is a great role model and took the high road saying that he thought about using TRT but analyzed it and concluded if I need it then that's probably my body telling me that it's time to hang them up. Sound advice.

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  • akieyugames
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    TRT is SATAN in disguise! The End is Near! The End is Near!

    Reply 3 months ago