Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Dana White's ultimate plan is to make testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT) users either give up the treatment or retire from the sport, as the UFC president recently stated he wants TRT outlawed from mixed martial arts (MMA).
"If you have to use TRT, you're probably too old to be fighting. If you put in for a TRT exemption, we're going to make sure you're not using this much TRT [in training] and then show up [for your fight] with this much. The guys that do that, that are on TRT, their training camp is a lot easier than the guy who's all natural. The bangs, the injuries, all the [expletive] that goes on - they're recovering 10 times faster than the guy who's not doing it. So we're going to [expletive] test these guys [in training camp] and make sure that it's not happening, until TRT exemptions do not happen anymore. I'm going to do everything I can to start lobbying against TRT and see if we can get the athletic commissions to change their position on it. I don't know how many times I tell you guys: They don't give a [expletive] what I think. They regulate me. There's only so much you can do."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White elaborates on his recent change of stance (via SI) towards testosterone-replacement-therapy (TRT) in a media scrum (watch it here) following Thursday's UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" pre-fight press conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After publicly stating the UFC was going to thoroughly test any users of TRT, White revealed his long-term plan is to take things even further. The UFC boss wants TRT outlawed from mixed martial arts (MMA) in general, and is going to lobby the athletic commissions to make such a change. While this would ultimately lead to big-name fighters like Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort -who are open users of TRT-- to either make the decision to hang up the gloves or stop with the treatment, White is willing to make that sacrifice and feels if fighters need to be on TRT, maybe the time for active competition has come to an end.