See ya! Brazil bans TRT exemptions in MMA following Nevada's landmark ruling

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Dan "Early Bird" Henderson, however, will still be granted an exemption, because he submitted his application before the ban.

Well, that didn't take very long.

One day after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts (MMA), the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has followed suit and will no longer issue a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the controversial treatment.

MMA Fighting translates the report from SporTV News:

"We discussed this subject for a long time here at CABMMA," said medical director Dr. Marcio Tannure. "As we use Nevada's athletic commission as a model, we decided to make the same decision here in Brazil and no longer grant TRT exemptions for any fighter."

Well, almost any fighter.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Dan Henderson is exempt from today's ruling when he steps into the cage against Mauricio Rua for their upcoming "Fight Night" rematch on March 23, 2014, at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil.

But it's a one-time deal.

That's because "Hendo" submitted his TUE application before the ban, so immediately following his "Shogun" scrap, he'll join the rest of the combat sports community under the new rules. In addition, fellow longtime TRT user Chael Sonnen will be unable to apply for an exemption in his Wanderlei Silva fight on May 31.

First Nevada, then Brazil.

Who's next?

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