ESPN imagines a world where Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson win their title fights and the UFC has champions who openly admit being on testosterone replacement therapy:
Dana: The bottom line is, the way that this TRT works, it’s absolutely 100% legal with … lemme explain one more thing –
ESPN: The public thinks it’s cheating.
Dana: I know. We’re regulated by the government. We’re really the only sport that’s regulated by the government. And the government allows these guys to do TRT. And basically, over the next ten years sports science keeps getting better and better and better. And the way that TRT works is, as you get older your testosterone levels drop and this is to replace it. The problem with it is, is you’ve got guys that are going if this much is good, then this much must be great. That’s the problem and you’ll find guys that will cheat even with the stuff that’s legal. So that’s what we’re trying to stop.
But you make a good point and Anderson Silva said it at the press conference the other day. Anderson Silva – the pound for pound best fighter in the world – has broke every record in the UFC and is the greatest fighter ever in mixed martial arts. He’s 38 years old, people don’t realize that, he’s not 28, he’s 38, and he’s not doing testosterone replacement therapy. This guy comes in 100% natural and he beats everybody. And something should be said for that. I don’t disagree. The guys who are using Testosterone Replacement Therapy, and going up against a guy that isn’t, and this guy is still the best in the world. So to me, the bottom line is you don’t need that junk. If you don’t abuse stuff younger in your career, you’ll never need to use that kind of junk.
ESPN: So if it were up to you, it’d be illegal? If you were making the call?
That was a little bit of humming and hawing over the topic before finally just saying the UFC wouldn’t allow it if it was up to them. That brings up the obvious question ESPN didn’t follow up with: why doesn’t the UFC just say “No TRT, bitches!” While they’re regulated by the government, nothing is stopping them from having a policy where fighters aren’t allowed via internal corporate fiat. But hey … this is a much better answer than Dana’s earlier ‘I actually think that it’s good’ declaration.