Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) changed the mixed martial arts (MMA) landscape back in February with its landmark ruling on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), effectively banning any and all therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) for the controversial treatment.
To that end, any all fighters wishing to ply their trade in "Sin City" will have to do so naturally.
That includes Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight and part-time light heavyweight Chael Sonnen, who is slowly but surely weaning off the longtime treatment. While he was expecting a "terrible, horrible" life without TRT, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" coach is "encouraged" by his early progress.
From his conversation with MMA Fighting:
"I've had a pretty good amount of success so far. But I've got to reserve the right to change this answer next week if we talk again. I'm still having a little bit of residue left over, and I'm still feeling really good, but there is a difference. I'm trying a different regimen with doctors on how to fix it. I'm a bit of a test-tube dummy for myself, but so far I've been pretty encouraged by how I'm feeling."
Fortunately, he has a few extra weeks to get himself ship-shape.
That's because his upcoming showdown against fellow TUF coach Wanderlei Silva has been bumped from the May 31 fight card in Brazil and moved to the UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event, the promotion's annual Fourth of July Weekend extravaganza.
More on that fight here.
How well Sonnen performs under his new regimen remains to be seen. The good news is, his opponent also has an uphill battle, having not competed since beating the brakes off Brian Stann over one year ago in Japan. Will Wandy's ring rust outweigh his opponent's temporary handicap?
We'll find out in less than three months.