Good news out of Las Vegas, Nevada, as reports surfaced earlier today (May 13, 2014) that long-time Team Quest bandmates Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen have been granted their respective licenses to compete in "Sin City" soon.
Why is that big news?
Well, it means that both men have their testosterone levels under control now that no professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is allowed to undergo testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) thanks to a recent ban.
MMA Fight Corner's Heidi Fang was in attendance during the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing this afternoon and provided updates via Twitter:
Chael Sonnen approved for a license for #UFC175 by the NSAC.— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) May 13, 2014
Dan Henderson says he's had a great training camp, feels great & ready for Cormier. He's approved for a license by the NSAC for #UFC173— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) May 13, 2014
According to Fang, Sonnen was asked if he's felt any difference since getting off TRT, to which he answered by saying he couldn't tell if it was because of the lack of medication or if it was because he switched camps. He did admit that training has been hard, but never once wavered.
Either way, it sounds like daily life without TRT is getting better for "The American Gangster."
As for Henderson, he says he feels great ahead of his co-main event fight against Daniel Cormier, which goes down on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173 in Las Vegas. Now we just have to wait to see if, in fact, it isn't a "huge thing" for "Hendo" to compete without TRT.
Sonnen, meanwhile, will take on Wanderlei Silva on July 5, 2014, at UFC 175 in "Sin City," which means those tentative retirement plans are no more.