Chael Sonnen: Without Answer for TRT Substitute, I Might Leave MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
March 5th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

I’ll give this to UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen (pictured), at least he’s facing these testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) questions head-on. Vitor Belfort, who has become the face of TRT, has chosen to hide behind his Twitter and Instagram accounts since the Nevada State Athletic Commission and UFC banned TRT.

On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Sonnen confirmed he is following the new rules and has omitted TRT from his life. However, that doesn’t mean the soon-to-be 37-year-old isn’t hoping a TRT replacement doesn’t come along to help prolong his fight career.

If no legal medical advancements are in the pipeline, then Sonnen said his fighting days could be over sooner rather than later.

“The first thing I need to do is reserve my right to change this answer in a few weeks if I need to. There are a lot of moving parts. I don’t have all the information,” Sonnen stated. “Bottom line is testosterone is out. If this retires guys, then it retires guys.

“The rules are the rules and they need to be followed. I’ve had to stop with the testosterone with the hope we can find a new way of keeping my testosterone at the healthy levels. If it doesn’t work, I might have to stop the sport.”

For years, Sonnen claimed he “would die” if he stopped taking TRT. Although, less than a week after the NSAC voted unanimously to banish the controversial treatment, Sonnen told Yahoo! Sports that he’s been able to manage life without TRT, but it has been “terrible.”

Sonnen is scheduled to face bitter rival Wanderlei Silva later this year after fulfilling their posts as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”

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