"I've been asking for that [anti-doping policy] for a few years. They just up and got rid of TRT instead, but some people actually need it. It's unfortunate that that's the way it went, but I am happy that they're cracking down now. It's definitely taken them long enough, but I'm happy with where they're at.
I wasn't really taking that much [TRT] to begin with. I just kind of quit cold turkey. It's unfortunate that it came down to this. They should have just started doing the no-advance-notice drug testing randomly, and that would have cured all the problems. TRT being legal or not, the no-advance-notice testing would make sure no one's abusing anything."
At 44 years old, and after nearly two decades of competing in mixed martial arts (MMA), Dan Henderson is relieved Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass is finally cracking down on performance enhancing drugs (PED's) with their new anti-doping policy (more on that here), but he still has his qualms. "Hendo" -- who fights Tim Boetsch tonight (Sat., June 6, 2015) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68 in New Orleans -- told MMA Junkie he is still upset with how the promotion banned testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), considering he "needed" it to compete, and has gone on a two-fight losing streak since using it last against Shogun Rua in a fight he won via knockout. With no TRT, and a dismal 1-5 record in his last six bouts, fight fans would likely suspect Henderson is just one step away from retirement, but the MMA legend says he is here to stay. I guess we will find out just what is in store for "Hendo" following his main event this evening.
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