NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Dana White UFC President speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
It's flip-flop time!
UFC President Dana White, who just one month ago while speaking to ESPN, said that if it were up to him, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) would be illegal and was quoted saying:
"...the bottom line is you don't need that junk (TRT). If you don't abuse stuff earlier in your career, you'll never need to use that kind of junk."
How quickly things change.
Speaking with the Fox Sports program "MMA Intensity" yesterday, White has "seen the light" in terms of the controversial age-defying treatment. Here's what he had to say:
"Here's the thing about TRT. It's absolutely 100% legal. As sports medicine continues to advance, this is one of those things where every guy's testosterone level starts to drop as they get older and this is basically sports science now where they can bring it back up to a normal level. And I think it's great, it's absolutely fair, it's legal."
Of course, the UFC President admits that it isn't a perfect system and there are still plenty of problems that need to be dealt with. These are likely several of the issues that caused his initial outburst on the subject a month ago.
"The problem is, there are guys who say if this much is good, this much must be great, so you have guys who are always trying to do more than they're supposed to do. The big job is policing it, making sure that it's not being abused, that guys are using it the way it's supposed to be used."
Check out the full video posted after the jump.
Fighters like Quinton Jackson, Frank Mir, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Todd Duffee and Forrest Griffin are all admitted users of TRT, while current Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt and UFC lightweight Shane Roller have publicly decided to end their treatment.
So what do you make of Dana White's change of heart? Is it "great" or "junk?" Which version of the truth are you siding on?