SYDNEY AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: BJ Penn speaks to the media during a UFC 127 Press Conference at Star City on December 14 2010 in Sydney Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
A lot of fighters were sympathetic towards Nate Marquardt yesterday (June 28) when he revealed that problems stemming from his Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) caused him to fail his pre-fight medical test for UFC on Versus 4.
Former UFC Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn isn't one of them.
Marquardt was promptly booted from the world's largest fight promotion courtesy of a "disgusted" UFC President Dana White, who was forced to re-shuffle his televised fight card just 24 hours before the event.
"The Great" explanation on yesterday's MMA Hour revealed a timeline of TRT therapy for the former middleweight number one contender, which started back in August 2010 and became "more aggressive" in early 2011.
He was able to secure a Therapeutic Use Exemption for his previous fights, but failed to do so in Pittsburgh after his blood levels betrayed him prior to the weigh-ins.
Not that it matters to "The Prodigy," who slams "weak" fighters using TRT, a treatment he tweets is "total BS."
Here's more from the huffy Hawaiian:
All this testosterone replacement therapy stuff is total BS. A true martial artist would never consider cheating! If you can't do it of carbs, fats, proteins and vitamins and minerals you're weak! Fighters on 'roids = blue collar crime. Coaches of fighters on 'roids = white collar crime. Everyone has to come together and get this "ped" cancer out of our sport!
Penn has a history of crotchety call-outs.
Prior to winning the lightweight title against Sean Sherk back at UFC 84: "Ill Will," he shot a few barrels into "The Muscle Shark" for failing his UFC 73 post-fight drug test.
"… I know there are a lot of people out there doing steroids, cheating and every time I run into one of them, I’m going to call them on it and then I’m going to beat the shit out of them.… It’s going to be a historic night because all the kids out there will realize that you can do it with just hard work alone … he wants to say he has heart and all this different shit, but you can’t confuse steroids with heart…. It’s two different things, a guy with heart is a guy doing it with blood, sweat and tears, waking up with the sore back, the sore body..… What would happen in the old days when you get caught with a couple of aces up your sleeve, they kill the guy right there and that’s why I say Sean Sherk is dead…."
It's unfortunate that Marquardt has been cut from the UFC, as there is no place better to settle a score than inside the Octagon in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Anyone think Penn is out of line? Or just saying what needs to be said?