Frank Mir has been granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for his upcoming heavyweight bout against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169, which takes place on Feb. 1, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.
The former UFC 265-pound champion shared the news with MMA Junkie.
This isn't the first time, however, that Mir has been granted permission for TRT. In 2012, Frank received the exemption for his heavyweight title fight against then-champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146. He also used it for his fight against Josh Barnett at UFC 164.
Mir came up short in each contest, which could dispel any notion that TRT is an aid for an automatic victory inside the Octagon. An argument, I'm sure, Vitor Belfort would like to use given the fact that "The Phenom" has been somewhat discredited for winning his last three fights due to TRT.
Mir heads into his fight against "The Reem" on a three-fight losing streak.
While losing to the former K-1 kickboxing champion won't necessarily mean the end of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career (getting cut or retirement-wise), a win in "The Garden State" would be a welcome site for the former three-time heavyweight champ.
Overeem, meanwhile, has already had his fair share of problems with testosterone.
UFC 169 will feature a bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber and division kingpin Renan Barao, while featherweight champion Jose Aldo defends his title against Ricardo Lamas.
See the entire UFC 169 fight card and line up here.