Dan Henderson Not Considering Retirement Following TRT Ban

March 15, 2014
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Dan Henderson UFC 93Despite being one of the fighters that is directly affected by the recent decision to ban therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy in many jurisdictions, UFC fighter Dan Henderson isn’t giving it too much thought at the moment, and for good reason. He’s got a fight to focus on.

Henderson is scheduled to rematch Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the UFC Fight Night 38 main event on March 23 in Brazil.

He is still currently under a TUE for TRT for the fight because it was granted prior to the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission’s decision to follow in the footsteps of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which voted unanimously to ban TUE applications.

“I’m gonna deal with the changes after this fight,” Henderson said on Friday night’s edition of Inside MMA on AXS TV. “I’m gonna focus on beating Shogun and then business as usual, go to the drawing board and figure things out after that.”

Some of the more notable fighters that have utilized TRT are now rethinking not only their approach to fighting, but their entire careers.

Vitor Belfort’s title fight with UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was taken off the table so that he would have time to regroup and figure out a safe approach to training without the assistance of TRT, while Chael Sonnen has said he may have to rethink his career choice.

Although he’s expected to fight Wanderlei Silva on May 31, Sonnen, co-host of UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1, said, “I’ve had to stop testosterone with the hope that we can find a new way to gain results of upping testosterone and staying at a healthy level. If it doesn’t work, I may have to stop the sport and it’s as simple as that.”

Henderson, however, doesn’t currently have any plans to stop fighting sans TRT.

“It is what it is. It’s unfortunate that it happened this way instead of conquering the problem of all the performance-enhancing drugs,” said the former UFC and Pride champion, “[But] I’m not done yet. I’m not retiring because of this.”

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  • Manuel Lopez

    All these guys continuing to fight despite the trt ban is PROOF THAT THEY WERE CHEATING!!

    • Shred Man

      No it’s not. It’s proof that they need a paycheck to earn a living. If an older fighter with low t levels used TRT to be at a normal level, the same level as his younger opponent, how is that cheating? It just puts the older fighter on the same level so it’s even.

      • TheCerealKiller

        The old guy is normal to be a lot lower T level than a 25 year old guy. It’s called nature. Not accusing Dan of anything, but a lot of those fighters from Japan were using steroids. A guy that is 45 should not have the same body as a 25 year old. It’s that simple.

        • Dragon Kid

          Randy Couture did pretty well at 40+ and won the heavyweight title … without TRT. And had a great fight with Big Nog.

          • joe

            Are you sure? I love Randy, but I thought he was doing it before anyone knew what it was.Joe Rogan mentioned it many years ago in an interview

          • Dragon Kid

            Yep he never used TRT but a more natural supplement call reversatrol which was legal.

      • snapdad

        it is cheating, because the older guy has experience. their isn’t a drug to give younger guys to gain experience. if you want to be stronger, faster, better cardio, then train harder. trt is just a way for the weaker ones to be at the same level as the hard working or naturally gifted ones.

        • Guest

          You make no sense. Training harder does not increase testosterone in an older persons body. If a 40 year old guy and a 25 year old guy did the exact same workouts, the 25 year old guy will always be faster, stronger and have better cardio than the 40 year old guy. TRT only helps the old guy with low testosterone get a little closer to the young guys performance level, not above the young guys level. It’s only cheating if a legal TRT user goes above the normal levels that the body should or use to produce. Anyway, it doesn’t matter anyway because its no longer allowed. So now older guys with low TRT will have their careers cut short

        • Shred Man

          You make no sense. Training harder does not increase testosterone in an older persons body. If a 40 year old guy and a 25 year old guy did the exact same workouts, the 25 year old guy will always be faster, stronger and have better cardio than the 40 year old guy. TRT only helps the old guy with low testosterone get a little closer to the young guys performance level, not above the young guys level. It’s only cheating if a legal TRT user goes above the normal levels that the body should or use to produce. Anyway, it doesn’t matter because its no longer allowed. So now older guys with low TRT will have their careers cut short

    • p3ezy

      please, just please, stop commenting on mma articles. its the uneducated mongs, such as youself, that get me gutted about liking mma sometimes. not saying i agree with trt but for ffs, research the topic before you type the last half of your sentence in capitals.

      • Manuel Lopez

        All these guys claimed they NEEDED trt to keep fighting, some even claimed they could die… now it’s banned but low and behold, they can go on without it. So they were cheating. No need to insult me to disagree with me.

    • julian moran

      ok…

  • julian moran

    I don’t like this fight. Neither fighter has anything to gain from it and will only be brought closer to retirement.
    I still await Shogun vs Evans.

  • Joe Dog

    With the normal T levels of a guy in his mid-40s, Henderson will be done. Plain and simple, he will no longer be able to compete with current UFC level fighters. The “H bomb” will be the “Hypogonadal bomb”. It’s over, kids.

    • carsti07 .

      ok grandpa :)

  • oh shut up

    In the long run this will be safer for the actual fighters using TRT. Their careers are being prolonged and their taking more and more punishment as a result. Taking the normal course of a career is better, so that a fighter truly knows when he’s done. I would like to see older fighters take out these younger guys though because I grew up with the older generation of fighters. It is what it is though.

  • Foard

    Since when was he a former UFC champion? Counting tournament wins now?

  • fedor is the best ever

    70 year old hendo will f–k up all you bad talkers. How can you talk bad about Henderson? He doesn’t talk s–t and he comes to finish fights not point fight like new fighters. Ufc will be horse s–t in five years

  • fedor is the best ever

    Randy couture was on TRT his entire career. Hr told me himself