Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua got back in the win column in December, knocking out James Te Huna for the first time in his career. The win was much needed for Rua who was coming into the fight after suffering two consecutive losses.
Before his last fight many thought “Shogun’s” career was done and some even called for his retirement, but Rua silenced his critics with his win over Te Huna. Many veterans of the sport who have been in a similar situation to Rua have opted to having testosterone replacement therapy, to try and reinvigorate their career.
In a recent interview with Lancenet.br “Shogun” said he doesn’t think about using TRT, as it is something for his team to decide and not Rua himself:
“I’m fine. I don’t think about doing TRT, but this is something to my team decide. If my team come to understand that it’s interesting to use, I will do it. But, for now, I’m not thinking about using.”
That seems like quite a strange issue to leave in the hands of your team, you would assume it would be something which the fighter and his doctor would determine. But even stranger was Rua’s next statement, were he then goes on to say that he thinks TRT is unfair and shouldn’t be legal.
“To be honest, I don’t think TRT should be a legalized thing. A fighter can get a licence to use it and he does. I think this is wrong. Why are there some people allowed and others not? I think it ends being something wrong or at least unfair.”
For now Rua will continue his career TRT free and concentrate on his upcoming rematch with Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 38. Henderson is a known user of TRT and will most likely have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the fight.
What do you make of Rua’s recent comments regarding the controversial treatment?