Thursday (Feb. 27, 2014), Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) unanimously voted to ban the use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in combat sports. This decision not only applied to future applicants, but would also apply to those who have received exceptions for use in the past.
Needless to say, it's a pretty historic decision that hopefully will become the norm in mixed martial arts (MMA) around the world.
This decision is especially applicable because Chris Weidman is expected to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title against TRT proponent/villain Vitor Belfort at UFC 173 in May 2014.
When NSAC reached its decision, the Twitterverse exploded! Below are some of the best tweets of the day from fighters and MMA media.
UFC/MMA fighters seemed pretty happy with the decision!
So TRT is now officially banned in Nevada. U could argue I only have one loss on my record. After I beat Kennedy I want my shot at the title— michael (@bisping) February 27, 2014
The Nevada State Athletic Commission banned testosterone. It is a great day for the sport. I hope all states follow suit. #TRT— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 27, 2014
This is just the genesis of eliminating performance enhancing drugs in our sport. We have a long way to go. Random testing, HGH is next #TRT— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) February 27, 2014
Very happy to see TRT banned, absolutely a ridiculous idea to start with and a major factor of my personal retirement from fighting— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 27, 2014
Good news on the ban of TRT use in Nevada. So what does this mean in other states?— Chris Holdsworth (@holdsworth135) February 27, 2014
Shit looks like I will have to retire earlier than 65 now!— Ike Vallie-Flagg (@IKEVF) February 27, 2014
TRT is finally banned, now we can only hope that 1 day we will have Olympic level drug screening in MMA. So we can catch the EPO, HGH users— Vinny Magalhaes (@VinnyMMA) February 27, 2014
Ban on trt in Nevada? Hell ya haha good job nsac good fuckin job— Cody Bollinger (@CodyBollinger) February 27, 2014
Glad to see NSAC put a stop on TUE exemptions. What do you guys think? @ufc— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) February 27, 2014
Getting caught up on some @ufc news after a long flight... #NSAC & #ufc says "no more #TRT "— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 27, 2014
I’m okay with the Nevada Commission banning TRT… But if they start checking ice cream levels I am going to be really upset. #MMA #UFC @ufc— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 27, 2014
Nevada just banned the use of synthetic testosterone for fighters. Shit just got real. Literally.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) February 27, 2014
Unfortunately, Vitor Belfort didn't tweet. But that's okay, because your boy predicted what he probably would have said ...
I'd laugh so hard if Vitor sent out a tweet just saying "...shit"— Matthew Roth (@MattRoth512) February 27, 2014
There were some other amazing tweets as well from MMA media ...
Is somebody spraying sanity gas into this NSAC conference room?— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) February 27, 2014
What about all those sleepy and fatigued fighters!!!— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) February 27, 2014
A lot of you asking what I'm going to write about now that TRT is banned. My answer is: Your mothers. All of them.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) February 27, 2014
Oh and for those wondering about the UFC's stance, turns out that they're supporting the NSAC decision ...
Statement just released to press regarding today's NSAC ruling: The UFC fully supports; encourages all athletic commissions to adopt— Dave Sholler (@Sholler_UFC) February 27, 2014
To read more about how UFC reacted, as well as company president Dana White, click here.