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California Commission Follows Nevada’s Lead, Bans Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

Written by Tom Ngo
March 6th, 2014
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UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

Exactly one week after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to banish therapeutic-use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in combat sports, the California State Athletic Commission has followed suit.

Here is the CSAC’s official statement regarding TRT:

“The California State Athletic Commission fully supports the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to eliminate Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in boxing and mixed martial arts. California is a strong supporter of anti-doping efforts. As part of California’s anti-doping efforts, the Commission recently began the rulemaking process to require meeting World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards as the only way to obtain a TUE for TRT. This standard is so high that it is an effective ban except under the most extreme circumstances. Until the rulemaking process is complete and the regulations are fully adopted, the Commission has a total ban on TRT. California remains committed to protecting the health and safety of athletes and having strict anti-doping standards is one of the ways this is accomplished.”

Shortly after the NSAC banned TRT, the UFC issued a statement in support of the monumental verdict. The planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion proclaimed they would do the same by forbidding their fighters to use TRT on any out-of-country event the UFC oversees when a governing body isn’t available.

Chael Sonnen (pictured), Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Frank Mir, Ben Rothwell, Nate Marquardt and Todd Duffee are current UFC fights known to be on TRT.

Coincidentally, it is this same CSAC that busted Sonnen for elevated levels of testosterone back in August 2010 following his submission loss to then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Sonnen’s testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was clocked at 16.9:1, over four times the legal limit (4:1) permitted by the state.

While other fighters had used TRT prior to the incident, this case is what really put TRT on the map in MMA.

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