Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Forrest Griffin (left) kicks Tito Ortiz during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
The hits just keep on coming for Forrest Griffin.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion, who took home a unanimous decision win over Tito Ortiz last Saturday night (July 7, 2012) at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, competed with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pepe first brought word of the TUE earlier today.
Griffin was already under scrutiny for his post-fight antics, which included his patented bug-out from the Octagon prior to the official decision being announced. He was eventually dragged back to the cage by UFC President Dana White, but ripped the microphone from UFC color commentator Joe Rogan in order to conduct his own post-fight interview with a retiring "People's Champion."
He later apologized and admitted to being "emotional and weird."
It should be noted that Griffin tested negative for performance enhancers such as steroids and drugs of abuse like cocaine and marijuana, but now joins Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, among others, in the growing list of UFC fighters who are medically cleared for TRT.
Anyone think TRT is becoming a problem in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA)? Or is it a necessary evil for fighters who may otherwise not be able to compete?