UFC president Dana White said during the UFC on Fuel TV 7 post-fight press conference that the Las Vegas-based promotion would implement a new testing policy for fighters using testosterone replacement therapy.
Any fighter under UFC contract exercising the therapeutic exemption to use TRT will be tested throughout their training camp to ensure they’re not abusing the therapy to cheat.
White suspected that some fighters may be raising their testosterone levels well above acceptable levels during training to reap the benefits, but then taper off in time for their levels to come down enough to meet athletic commission standards come fight time.
TUF 17 coach Chael Sonnen, who uses TRT, supports the organization’s new stance on the controversial treatment.
“First off, I admire Dana on many levels. But for me, this is his crowning moment, both as a leader, but also with his integrity. You are never going to find a chief executive of any corporation, be it sport, business or otherwise that shines a light on his own organization and says, ‘We have a problem.’ Guys, we’re not talking about testosterone use, we’re talking about testosterone abuse,” Sonnen said on UFC Tonight.
Sonnen was suspended for elevated testosterone levels following his UFC 117 loss to Anderson Silva. He appealed the decision. He was fined and suspended, but granted a license to compete, as well as a therapeutic use exemption, when he applied for a new license once the terms of the suspension were fulfilled.
Sonnen claims the new TRT testing has already been deployed. He should know; he’s already been tested.
“The testing has already started. I can tell you firsthand, I have already been tested since this announcement,” said Sonnen.
Sonnen faces Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight crown at UFC 159 on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.