Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen Granted Licenses by NSAC

Written by Tom Ngo
May 14th, 2014

UFC Dan Henderson

During Tuesday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, the board voted unanimously to grant former testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) users Dan Henderson (pictured) and Chael Sonnen licenses to fight in the state for their impending UFC bouts.

The NSAC, who banned TRT in February, is now requiring all fighters who were previously approved for the controversial treatment to stand before them and express their compliance with the new rules prior to licensure.

Henderson and Daniel Cormier co-headline UFC 173 later this month inside MGM Grand Garden Arena, while Sonnen meets Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 on July 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Henderson, who at 43 was one of the first and is the last UFC fighter to use TRT, claimed he’s had no problems adjusting to a TRT-free life during this training camp. The last time Henderson went without TRT was three bouts ago in a split decision defeat to Rashad Evans at UFC 161.

Sonnen, who previously professed he would “die” if he wasn’t on TRT, also said he’s following the NSAC’s new rules without issue.

Vitor Belfort, who has become the poster child for TRT, is nowhere closer to applying for a license in Nevada than he was when they sprung that random drug test on him at the MMA Awards in February.

While the results of that pop quiz have not been – and will likely never be – made public, it wouldn’t be hard for one to connect the dots…

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