World Series of Fighting (WSOF) President Ray Sefo also doubled as a K-1 kickboxing competitor before trying his hand at mixed martial arts (MMA).
This gives the now-retired Sefo a chance to weigh-in on the topic of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from the perspective of both fighter and executive, something both Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Dana White cannot do.
Sefo -- who is 43-years-old -- spoke about the possible temptation for someone in their late forties, who is not competing any longer professionally and how the treatment can actually be beneficial to the user. But he also echoes sentiments (via Sherdog) from other figureheads in the MMA landscape, by remaining against the controversial medical procedure.
"If you’re not competing, and you’re 45 or 50, you can do TRT. It can help you manage your life, or whatever. But we’re talking about facing another person. It’s not fair if you’re on something and the other guy is clean as day. How is that fair? I’m against it. I’ve been very fortunate to compete at my age, because I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs. I go out once every six months, if that, and I eat clean 95 percent of the time...If you’re not disciplined enough to live that kind of lifestyle, then you’re probably going to be looking for some kind of edge."
"I agree 100 percent with the [NSAC]. I’m glad they finally banned it. Whatever steroid or TRT or enhancement drug that’s used, it should all be banned. I come from an old school mindset. I don’t care what you take. If I hit you on the chin, I’m going to knock you out. With that said, the playing field has to be fair for everybody, and it doesn’t matter what sport you’re in. All of that is something that should never be used. I never used it in my career, and I commend the commission for finally making that decision and banning it."
This lends to the rapidly-changing attitude toward TRT and united front of the top MMA promotions in the word. With all three head chiefs against fighters using the therapy, it will prevent athletes from congregating to companies still allowing this form of alleged cheating to take place.
Or will it?