UFC president Dana White has always had a tumultuous relationship with testosterone replacement therapy. When surrounded by the usual UFC press corps he usually takes the tack that it is legal according to the athletic commissions and maybe even a good thing for older fighters who have screwed up their endocrine systems with past steroid use. But when pressed by bigger mainstream outlets, he simplifies his position and says if it were up to him, it would be illegal.
It’s been an impressive balancing act above a topic as potentially explosive as fighters juicing to the gills, but you knew he wouldn’t be able to keep it up forever. And now he’s coming down hard against the practice:
“TRT has become a way for people to cheat. If this is what your normal level should be and then you have guys training at huge levels for their whole camp then tapering down to get to normal levels before the f*cking fight, that’s cheating, and I don’t like it anymore,” said White. “There are plenty of guys in the UFC that are naturally gifted and talented fighters. If you’re testosterone levels are too low then you’re probably too old to be fighting, stop fighting!”
“I’m telling you right now, if you are using testosterone replacement therapy, get ready motherf*ckers because we’re going to test the sh*t out of you. Some things recently have led me to believe that people are f*cking cheaters, people are taking good things and turning it into a bad thing and if you want to play those games then guess what, we’ll play,” he continued, almost frothing at the mouth. “If you’re on TRT now, you’re going to wish you weren’t. We’re going to test the living shit out of you. You have guys that go in there 100% natural with his talent and natural ability, against someone on TRT, basically someone that’s on steroids. I’m absolutely 100 percent against TRT and now I’m going to start fighting it 100 percent with the athletic commissions and I want nothing to do with it.”
He made a few comments about “guys on the stuff who look like they’re on steroids”, which I assume is a knock on Vitor Belfort and his new Greek God physique. You can only look at the muscles on his muscles for so long before determining he might be getting more than just a level playing field out of his testosterone replacement therapy.
But really, it was only a matter of time before people stopped taking these TRT exemptions seriously. A mere three years ago, no one was having issues with low testosterone. Now half the UFC’s events have a fighter with a therapeutic use exemption. Either modern MMA is doing something horrible to these guys’ bodies or there is something very rotten in Denmark. Hint: something is very rotten in Denmark.