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Frank Mir Granted Testosterone Replacement Therapy Exemption for UFC 169 Bout

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Frank Mir UFC 107Frank Mir has been issued a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy for his UFC 169 bout with Alistair Overeem.

The two skidding heavyweights meet at the Prudential Center on Saturday night in support of two championship bouts: Renan Barão vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight belt and Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas for the featherweight strap.

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which oversees sanctioning for UFC 169, informed MMAWeekly.com of the exemption on Wednesday.

“Frank Mir has been licensed and medically cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) for UFC 169,” said NJSACB counsel Nick Lembo. “Typically, the NJSACB does not discuss medical matters or drug testing. However, in this case, Mr. Mir himself announced that he received a TUE for TRT for this event.”

Part of the NJSACB’s reasoning for issuing Mir a TUE was because of prior TUEs that he was issued by the commissions in Nevada and Wisconson.

“Please be advised that we have chosen to honor the TUEs for TRT for Mr. Mir already granted by the states of Nevada and Wisconsin. Those records were provided to this agency,” said Lembo.

The NJSACB didn’t blindly honor those exemptions, however. It set forth specific requirements for Mir leading up to UFC 169 and continuing beyond the event.

“Upon application in New Jersey, Mr. Mir was required to be seen by a board certified endocrinologist at a major medical institution for this particular exemption for this particular fight,” Lembo continued.

“He has been, and will continue to be monitored via blood, hair and urine testing well prior to the event, near the event, pre bout, after the bout, and well after the competition date.”

The issue about whether or not to allow therapeutic use exemptions for TRT in mixed martial arts has been coming to a critical juncture. It has been a hot-button issue for the past couple of years, and the Association of Ringside Physicians recently issued a statement recommending the elimination of TUEs for TRT:

“The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.”

Regardless of the fallout from the discussion about whether or not TRT should be allowed for athletes, Frank Mir will be allowed his TUE for this weekend’s fight with Alistair Overeem.

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  • Cereal Killer

    Tired of this. Reem has nothing for your ground game. You’re getting old, but to start this “legal cheating” is total crap. With your new found “rejuvenation”, you should easily put away the Over-rated-reem.

    • Drock420

      I don’t know I could see Overeem winning by tko/ko, although a sub by Mir is very possible.

      • deepgrim

        cant see mir getting this to the ground, let alone submitting him, mirs stand up wont be the best, but it doesnt take much to ko overeem, his jaw is like paper. But recogn overeem is going to ko mir in round 2

      • gnodeb

        Mir is very dangerous for sure, but he is very vulnerable on the feet against striker who is pressing action. His JJ is great but his wrestling is not existent.
        If Mir wins, it will be some crazy first round KO or Reem will gas out 1 min before Mir gas out, so they fall together on the mat…

  • germanfan

    why is nobody hating as they would it was Vitor Belfort! U Vitor TRT haters are hypocritical :)

    • toom

      vitor acts like it doesnt help his performance then says hes stronger and faster then even hes a massive d bag

      • earlsimmons

        jealous much?

    • Wolf Ticket

      It’s just not so obvious, because people have been hating Mir all along. Also, Mir does not talk about how cheezus wants him to win…

      Anyway, TRT is cheating (though legal) and this is getting really out of hand.

  • put me in the sauna coach

    Roids vs Roids.

  • Kenny Powers

    Good for Mir, he has about a 5% chance of winning this fight anyway, use as much as u can.

    • Sir_Roy

      Yeah. Reem has done so gosh darn well during his run in the UFC off the juice.

      He beat a broken Lesnar by kneeing and punching him in the area that had him near death just a year prior (while on the sauce). And that’s it really.

      Not saying I’m not favoring Reem, cuz I am, but this is a fight where both can potentially lose to the other based off recent performances IMHO.

  • Big Tuna

    Why? The UFC is getting out of control with this. TRT created for 50 year fat bastards not elite athletes!

    • Sir_Roy

      Do some homework. Male testosterone levels have been on a HUGE generational decline the past few decades – declining .4% per year since the study was started in 1989.

      It’s almost an epidemic. It’s no longer for obese men, or diabetic men, or men over 50. You can train every day for all your adult life, and still end up requiring treatment to maintain normal levels in your thirties, and in some cases even in your late 20′s.

      I’d hate to have to think about Bones Jones (for example) having to retire at 30 because of your brand of ignorance on the matter.

      • El Gvapo

        If it’s such a huge, widespread decline then all men will be fighting with the same disadvantage? And if one man declines faster than another? So be it, it’s called life, you play with the hand you’re dealt.

  • Dr. Baretta

    I do not have a problem with it if their testosterone levels are within normal ranges. Most TRT programs set their clients testosterone range between 300 to 1,200 nanograms per deciliters, which is the current average testosterone levels set forth by medical professionals.. As one can see, the normal range differs quite a bit. Even if a person is on TRT and their levels are on the high end (1100-1200 range), then they are still within the normal range of the average man. These programs are also overseen by medical doctors that are constantly monitoring their values. One thing is certain, a person that is using TRT is not running their testosterone levels as high as people who are using “roids” as a means to build muscle. People using steroids for gaining large amounts of muscle, strength and endurance normally have levels that are between 3,000 and 5,000 ng per dl, which is drastically higher than the average persons levels. I don’t see why it is a problem for an athlete to take TRT if they are within the average range. They really do not have any edge over their competition, unless their competition has naturally low testosterone or is older in age (40 +). It would be completely different if we were talking about divisions that are age based, rather than weight based. Just my 2 cents.

    • El Gvapo

      My issue with this whole normal range argument is why are you allowed to juice to the top end of the “normal range”? You should be allowed to juice to the middle of the range, the average surely?

  • Dr. Baretta

    I do not have a problem with it if their testosterone levels are within normal ranges. Most TRT programs have a normal range between 300 to 1,200 nanograms per deciliters. As one can see, the normal range differs quite a bit. Even if a person is on TRT and their levels are on the high end (1100-1200 range), then they are still within the normal ranges of testosterone that are set by labs across the country. One thing is certain, a person that is using TRT is not running their testosterone levels as high as a person who is using “roids” as a means to build muscle. People using steroids for gaining large amounts of muscle, strength and endurance normally have levels that are between 3,000 and 5,000 ng per dl. I don’t see why it is a problem that for an athlete to take TRT if they are within the average range. Now, if divisions were broken up by age that would be different.

    • Dr. Baretta

      Sorry for the double post…don’t know what happened.

  • gnodeb

    It looks like there is no reason to test anybody for anything anymore. There is only one problem… if fighter is so high that he can not control himself. There is an easy solution for it… just give referee a electroshock…

  • justin e

    Yay. Another cheater. These commissions are terrible.

  • Hugh Shakeshaft

    TRT is like the food stamp program, everybody’s piling in, even those who don’t need it. If you need more testosterone you should retire. NFL players aren’t allowed TRT are they? This whole TRT exemption policy is half-baked and the only reason it continues is that Dana as spent years building name recognition for certain fighters and if they are allowed to grow naturally into pudgy old men, he loses all that equity and has to start all over with up and comer, no name fighters that don’t draw enough viewers.

  • Gary Fredericks

    TRT is okay and medical marijuana is not???

    Stoopids!

  • james j

    Mir is grasping for straws just trying to get another fight.

    • opposition13

      I agree what a shame…I guess once you run out out f talent, the answer is TRT

  • Mihael Hajdin

    R.I.P. Frank Mur, TRT wont make any difference, hes getting KTFO!!!!