Dana White says TRT in UFC has to go away because it 'ruins good fighters'

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

But as long as the treatment is legal, it will likely continue to be around the sport and fighters will find a way to cheat with it.

A recent ESPN report (read it here) uncovered some startling information about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) usage in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Specifically, inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization.

While the report reveals "UFC doctors" were actually encouraging certain fighters to begin a testosterone regimen, not all employees working for the ZUFFA-owned company are pro TRT.

Chief among them is company president Dana White, who has been vocal about his opposition for the treatment.

And in a recent interview with BT Sport, White says TRT simply has to go away because, while it is legal, people are finding a way to cheat with it.

His words:

"When you really break it down and look at it. It's science. As you get older, your testosterone starts to get older and science has figured out a way to get it back up to even. But, like in all things, when money is involved, people will find ways to cheat. Even though this thing is legal, people have figured out how to cheat on it, so it has to go away."

Furthermore, Dana says the treatment isn't meant to be used by young athletes because all it does is ruin good fighters.

"What it is, it ruins good fighters. Once you get on this stuff, or any type of steroid, you can't get off it. You have to continue to use it because once you start using it, your body stops producing it like it did before, so, it's definitely not good for you. It's made for 45, 60-year old men. That's what it's meant for. It's not meant for young well conditioned athletes."

I guess 36-year old Vitor Belfort didn't get that memo.

Indeed, TRT has been a hot topic in the sport for the last couple of years. And despite the resistance to it by many,  it doesn't look like its going away anytime soon.

Even if the head of the largest MMA promotion in the world is completely against it.

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