The first question I asked myself is why Chael Sonnen isn't in Vitor's place? He was popped with a testosterone ratio of 17:1. Until brian bowles 21:1 test, it was the highest in UFC history, with Alistair Overeem's 16:1 being a close second. What stands out to me though, is that the results of the second test showed the testosterone for Sonnen was "consistent with the administration of anabolic steroids." So he didn't just take TRT without an exemption as nearly everyone assumes, he actually used steroids. After lying about his exemption using "my" instead of "I," he had a hearing with NSAC but was NEVER asked about steroids. Basically it went as follows: he came clean about lying about his TUE, had some character witnesses, and was not only forgiven, but was granted subsequent TUE's as well.
My biggest issue with sonnen is the media spin Dana put on the whole ordeal. He went on and on saying, "well what else can we do him? He'll be out of work for a year, he has to forfeit a part of his purse, he was almost champion, that was the biggest fight of his life"... and so on. But the reality is he was a marketable contender in line to rematch anderson in what was anticipated to be the one of the biggest PPV's of all time. Worst of all, he became a felon in his time away. What does the UFC do? Sweep it under the rug along with his steroid use, and give him two more title shots. Its funny and sad to see Dana saying bigfoot ruined that fight with mark hunt when chael almost beat anderson on steroids and the ramifications of that scenario would have been a thousand times worse.
Now on to Vitor. He's been using TRT since the last time he fought in Nevada, and everyone compares his physique then to now and say its all because of TRT. I'm not saying that's untrue, but I feel like TRT exists for fighters like him. He couldn't stay healthy through a full camp without it, and now we're finally seeing what he's like when does finish a full camp and comes out 100%. Dana said himself it helps the most during training camps with recovery. If anyone needs that particular perk, its Vitor. So now that he's training like a young twenty something and has the testosterone of one, how are we surprised and/or angry that he looks like one again?
When he got caught after fighting hendo, he said it was because he injured his knee and got an injection containing anabolic steroids from a shady doctor. But the doctor responsible for his TRT treatments today claims that Vitor's TRT is one of a kind, in that it contains a "non-anoblic hormone" and is specialized for Vitor's body. I don't know if any of that's the truth but he deserves a chance to go in front of the commission like sonnen and barnett and plead his case WITH the support of the UFC. The UFC's stance is that they're going to do whatever the commission does. If that is the case, then for as long as there is TRT in the sport and vitor's test are all within the limits, he should be the poster boy for TRT in the UFC if only because he's the only fighter doing everything right.
I want to finish by stating I don't like the current state of TRT. I feel like the allowable ratio should be 4:1 not 7:1, I know some athletes naturally have a 7:1 ratio and that was the basis for setting it that high, but some people are genetic freaks and it will always be that way. Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson are prime examples.