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UFC Addresses NSAC’s Ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

Written by Tom Ngo
February 27th, 2014
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UFC President Dana White

As expected, the Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supported the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision Thursday to ban therapeutic-use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

The committee voted unanimously today to rid the controversial treatment from all combat sports taking place in the state, effective immediately.

Present and past fighters previously issued TUEs for TRT would no longer be permitted to use the doctor-prescribed regimen.

UFC president Dana White (pictured), who has teeter-tottered on the legitimacy behind TRT in the past, most recently said he would be all for erasing TRT from the sport. White has also said the promotion would follow the rules enforced by the NSAC for all out-of-the country shows they oversee, when no governing body is available.

Therefore, if Nevada banned TRT, so would the UFC for overseas events.

White held true to his word after news broke of the NSAC’s ground-breaking decision.

Here is the statement the UFC’s addressing TRT:

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”

Of course, it will be up to other state athletic commissions to follow Nevada’s lead if MMA is to enjoy a complete ban of TRT.

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

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