Chael Sonnen understands that there are those in MMA who have used and abused TRT.
For Sonnen, the decision by the Nevada Athletic Commission – and the UFC – to ban the use of TRT hits close to home.
He has used the testosterone replacement therapy in the past, and told Yahoo! Sports that it helps him more than just as an athlete.
“My life is better,” Sonnen said. “My attitude is better. I have more energy. I need less sleep. It makes me feel better in many different regards. It makes me a better husband and a better neighbor and a better pet owner.
“I understand the abuse, but this is a medicine that helps people with a problem.”
Sonnen came right out when news of the ban was made public, saying that was that. He reiterated those remarks in the interview, stating, “they made no bones about it. It’s out.
“We all have to deal with that, whether we like it or not.”
Normally always chipper and upbeat, Sonnen is sure his life will change once again without the use of TRT going forward.
“The best way to describe it is that it is a completely terrible, horrible feeling,” he said. “This is a medicine and it’s medicine I need to live normally on a day-to-day basis. People say it is a performance enhancer, and there are a lot of things guys can take to enhance performance, but testosterone is more than a performance enhancer for me.
“It is a life-enhancer.”
One would have to wonder if Sonnen will try to find another supplement – that is legal – to take in order to remain active and healthy with his life, or if taking away TRT could speed up his retirement.