A trio of current and former UFC fighters has voiced their support for the ban on therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
The NSAC recently voted unanimously for banning testosterone exemptions after expressing concerns about the health and safety of fighters with permission to use the hormone and the resources required for properly monitoring the entire process.
Former UFC middleweight and FOX MMA analyst Brian Stann said he knew the day would come at some point that we would wake up and realize how ridiculous it is to grant therapeutic use exemptions for TRT. Stann added he did not expect the ruling to come when it did, but said it was another step toward legitimizing mixed martial arts. He remarked we depend on multiple organizations to support the sport, from the UFC to Bellator to World Series of Fighting, to athletic commissions, to the press and we are all part of bringing the sport further, and this is a huge step. The former UFC middleweight also said when you’ve got major media outlets comparing us to major sports and we’re smaller, and we’ve got something like this staining us, it’s huge that they got it taken care of before something happened, like what happened in Major League Baseball.
The NSAC's move was applauded by UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy who remarked he expected the California State Athletic Commission to follow suit in banning therapeutic use exemptions for TRT. He added the ban could be kind of meaningless if not supported by UFC. The UFC, minutes after NSAC's ban, announced that it supports the ban. Kennedy remarked the statement backing the ban would make him over-excited enough to kiss UFC President Dana White’s beautiful bald head and do a muscle-off with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. The fighter didn't expressed sympathies with existing users of testosterone replacement therapy and said he doesn't care about them and they should leave. Kennedy said he had always said if you failed a steroid test, he thought it was ridiculous that you could get a TRT exemption, let alone to continue to fight in the sport. He also said if you fail a steroid test in cycling, you can have a lifetime ban from the sport and this is a step in the right direction, but athletes that have tested positive for anabolic steroids, they need to go away and stop dirtying our sport.
Kennedy hailed UFC heavyweight Travis Browne who refused to undergo TRT therapy despite admitted to having low levels of the hormone as he believed that it would be cheating. Browne, in an interview after the ban on TRT by NSAC, remarked we’re all physically built different, and that’s part of our bodies (with) our testosterone levels. He said if you want the fight to be completely fair, it’s not about increasing the testosterone levels to what you think is fair. He added your body produces a certain level and your levels are at those levels for a reason. Browne added if you’re going through your life and you have low testosterone and you’re having problems with your health or your marriage, that’s fine, do it in your normal life, but not in the cage, not in the octagon.