Carlos Condit on TRT: “It’s Abused and Misused”

March 13, 2013
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Carlos-Condit-UFC-143-prepress-460x270Testosterone replacement therapy is a controversial topic in mixed martial arts.  Several fighters have requested and obtained therapeutic-use exemptions from athletic commissions to use the therapy, but UFC welterweight contender Carlos Condit thinks TRT is being abused and misused by athletes.

The list of fighters that have used the controversial therapy is growing.  The list includes some of the biggest names in the sport: Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Nate Marquardt have all used it, among others.

“I think that some people may have legitimate reasons for doing TRT, but I think it’s definitely abused and misused so it’s really a slippery slope,” said Condit during a live chat on on Wednesday

UFC president Dana White recently took a hardline stance on TRT use in the UFC.

“What guys are doing, I believe guys are doing, is jacking up this stuff through the roof through their entire training camp then getting back down to normal levels right before the fight, which is cheating.  I hate it.  I don’t like it.  I’m going to fight it.  And if you are using TRT in the UFC, we’re going to start testing the (expletive) out of you, through your entire camp,” said White.

Marijuana use is prevalent in professional sports in general, including mixed martial arts.

Following Condit’s UFC 143 win over Nick Diaz, Diaz tested positive to marijuana for the second time in his career and was suspended for a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Mathew Riddle recently tested positive for marijuana for the second time inside of a year following his win over Che Mills at UFC on Fuel TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald on Feb. 16, and was released by the UFC.

Condit may not agree with the rule forbidding marijuana use, but says the rules are the rules and have to be followed.

“As far as marijuana, I think that it’s not necessarily a performance-enhancing drug unless you’re high while you’re fighting. But the rules are the rules right now and you have to follow that, but I don’t necessarily agree with the rule,” he said.

Condit takes on Johny Hendricks at UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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  • Ian Price

    I agree with Carlos. But the. Again, don’t we all! They should change the rules that makes marijuana metabolites legal, but only up to a very low threshold. So if you were to quit 2 weeks before, it would be fine. Maybe for those on it, they could submit to biweekly breathalyzer tests to show that they’re indeed not smoking weed right before the fight.

    • Mark Bazid

      A breathalyzer test doesn’t read THC levels. It would have to be a blood test.
      The fact is it shouldn’t be illegal because it’s not a performance enhancing drug so they shouldn’t have to test for it at all.

      • Someone Special

        If you suffer from anxiety or stress and cannot handle them “octagon jitters” then marijuana and other drugs can actually give you an edge as a mild analgesic to help you keep a cool head.

  • diazfan209

    Dana White sounds like a school yard p.e. coach yelling out warnings….. it’s called protocol, you either have it or you don’t……

  • Mark McDowall

    Its all well and good talking about it. They need to start doing something about it.

    Vitor is taking his second fight in a row down in Brazil where there is no real athletic commission. And he looked JACKED for the fight against Bisping…surprise surprise.

    Overeem looked huge in the fight against Lesnar and won. He looked ALOT smaller/less defined in the BigFoot fight and got KO’d. Then was shown to have dangerously low T levels, then gets hurt.

    I think that if a fighter needs to have TRT to still be competitive then they shouldn’t be fighting. Think of it like this. 2 of the same model cars are going to race. 1 is brand new, one is 15 years old with a thousands of miles on it. So the older car also has a turbo on it because its lost some power due to the age and mistreatment of the car. Is that fair?? I don’t think so…