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The TRT Mess

With the news of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva being just the next fighter the UFC has given a permission slip for anabolic steroid (testosterone) usage, it’s no surprise that the most vocal supporters of UFC are coming out of the woodwork to try to defend the company — and defend steroid usage in combat sports.

And I am here to tell you, as I have the last two years, what a giant political loser this argument is.

Sam Genovese wrote an article titled How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept TRT. The article encapsulates pretty much every argument you can find online in defense of testosterone use in the UFC, albeit in a more concise & honest approach.
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UFC 169 vs. the Super Bowl? Uh-Oh

When the NFL announced the Super Bowl at Metlife Stadium in the New York/New Jersey area for February 2014, you could hear the screams from Madison Avenue. An outdoor stadium… in the Northeast… in early February… for a sporting event that only rich fat cats & corporate executives can afford to buy tickets for. Big Apple or not, Metlife Stadium isn’t exactly the kind of warm-weather climate you envision for the biggest sporting event of the year.

It’s not just the suits who are unhappy about what’s coming at Metlife. Fox, which will be heavily invested in the broadcast, has analysts who are less than pleased. Terry Bradshaw gave a piece of his mind when talking about the weather and the traffic. Who can blame him?

And if those first-world problems aren’t enough of a hassle, you have the Super Bowl committee at Metlife admonishing any potential fans from tailgating in the parking lot. Must be un-American or something. We wouldn’t want the parking lot to smell like Kansas City BBQ or have cars blocking the limos carrying the A-list celebrities who won’t even bother watching the game itself.
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Why Man vs. Woman Fight Could Destroy Reputation of MMA

If you have been keeping tabs on MMA news lately, you would know that an MMA promotion in Brazil has been advertising a very interesting and controversial MMA fight. This fight has garnered attention from main stream media, reaching national news networks. Just a couple of weeks away from the greatest fight in the history of the UFC and in MMA, news networks are talking about a fight that could give the sport terrible media attention, and possibly give the sport that MMA fans know and love a bad reputation.
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Nope, Ronda Still Doesn’t Like Miesha

UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey didn’t have to think long or hard for the one word to describe her UFC 168 opponent Miesha Tate.

“Fake,” said Rousey, during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight.”

The two will meet for a second time next Saturday night in Las Vegas in the co-main event. Rousey submitted Tate when they first fought via first round armbar.

Despite the early finish, that’s not something Rousey is expecting once again.

“For every single fight, I plan for the worst case scenario,” she said. “I expect Miesha to come in the best version of her and we’re going to have a five round war and I’m prepared for it.”
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept TRT

In news that should surprise no one, a fighter nicknamed “Bigfoot” with a head the size of an Easter Island statue tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. After Antonio Silva’s epic matchup with Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot in Brisbane, Australia, it was discovered that he received at therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Not only did he receive a TUE, but he had elevated levels of testosterone during their bout. 

Looking back on it, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Silva had something strange going on with his body the night of that bout. Silva has never been known to have an iron chin with 3 KO’s on his record. Furthermore, Hunt hits harder than any other fighter he has faced and Silva was taking powerful blows flush to the face. Now, I’m not going to pretend to know if elevated levels of testosterone directly led to this increased ability to take a punch, but I find it hard to believe that it had nothing to do with it.
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