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UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is a true, natural athlete who thinks TRT patients shouldn't fight

Tito Ortiz says he has yet to take an illegal substance throughout his 15-year MMA career.
Tito Ortiz says he has yet to take an illegal substance throughout his 15-year MMA career.

"You know I don't know much about it at all. I have been fighting for 15 years and there have been trainers that tried to push that on me and I've said that if I have to do that kind of stuff, I am done with the sport, I won't compete anymore because I want to be a natural athlete. And I have - for fifteen years I've competed and taken my drug tests, random drug tests, and passed everything because I am a true athlete. A lot of these guys are taking these supplements to make themselves more impressive or whatever, to become the fighters they want to be. That's their choice - my recommendation is don't do it. If it's against the law or against the sport, don't do it and if you do have to do it, don't fight anymore. That's just my take on it... I will leave it there, I won't go into it any further."

-- Ever since Alistair Overeem and his elevated testosterone levels have taken over mixed martial arts (MMA) websites and forums by storm, everyone and their mother seems to have an opinion on the subject of banned substances and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT.) Now, Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz gives his take to Fighter's Only, saying that if any fighter needs to put anything illegal in his body, then it's probably time to hang up the gloves. "The People's Champ" also says that he, for one, is an all natural athlete and has never taken any banned substance throughout his 15-year career, though in some instances, fighters are given doctors permission to undergo TRT. Ortiz will finish of his storied career on July 7, 2012, as he is scheduled to take on Forrest Griffin for a third time at UFC 148 in what will be his final MMA fight. Perhaps he might be able to continue his career longer with a little TRT assistance. Any hope he has a change of heart?

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