The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed Friday that all 22 fighters who competed in last Saturday’s “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II” event produced clean drug tests. However, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer revealed to Larry Pepe of ProMMARadio that former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (Pictured) received a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy for his fight against Tito Ortiz.
Griffin posted a unanimous decision victory in the card’s co-main attraction to send Ortiz into the retirement home.
“The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner is the sixth known UFC athlete to obtain a TUE in Nevada. Griffin and Chael Sonnen each had exemptions to take the controversial treatment. Although, Sonnen’s situation came to light two years ago.
Kizer confirmed with Pepe that Griffin and Uncle Chael’s testosterone levels were within normal ranges in pre-fight tests and the post-fight exam conducted on Sunday morning.
No word on how long the 33-year-old has been on the medically prescribed therapy. Griffin’s representatives did not return our messages at the time of publication.
This is the second consecutive Octagon show in Las Vegas to produce a new fighter taking TRT. Following UFC 146 in May, Kizer revealed Frank Mir was granted a TUE for testosterone in his loss to heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos.
Including Sonnen’s defeat to middleweight king Anderson Silva, that’s a whopping 0-3 mark for the trio of TRT users.
UFC 148 took place inside MGM Grand Garden Arena.