UFC Throws the Weight of Its Support Fully Behind Nevada’s Decision to Ban TRT

February 27, 2014
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Dana-White-Lorenzo-Fertitta-UFC-129wIn a move that very few saw coming, the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Thursday took the unprecedented step of banning applications for therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy by combat sports athletes.

TRT has long been a hot-button issue and had come to be widely regarded by some as “legalized cheating.”

The therapeutic use of testosterone replacement therapy is a legitimate practice for those with a medical need for the treatment, but its use in mixed martial arts has come under tremendous scrutiny due in large part to its disproportionate use in comparison to athletes in most other sports.

While the NSAC’s move on Thursday was just the first domino to fall, it gained immediate support from many UFC fighters and other mixed martial artists, as well as the most prominent promotion in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After the NSAC voted unanimously to ban TUE applications for TRT, UFC president Dana White quickly issued the following statement, putting the full weight of the promotion behind the commission’s decision:

“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”

It’s too soon to measure the full fallout that the NSAC’s move will have, but the commission has long been, alongside the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, one of the leading drivers for the direction of mixed martial arts regulation. Most eyes from other athletic commissions tend to fall squarely on the example set forth by the NSAC and NJSAC when it comes to unifying the regulation of the sport.

With the UFC quickly falling in lockstep with Nevada, most other regulators and promoters are likely to follow.

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  • Joeyjoejoejrshabidu

    Yep, if you need TRT to compete then you’re too old and you need to retire.

  • Mike mckinney

    I’m curious to see how the people who view Dana and the UFC as aiding guys to use TRT spin this back on them.
    It seems odd and drastic to ban TRT entirely. Hopefully any fighters that really do need TRT for health reasons don’t risk themselves to fight.
    It’s not neccisaryly right to take something away from one person who actually needs it just because many others may abuse it. Seems like an easy way out instead of actually doing some work and policing it.

    • DamianCross

      Its all an elaborate ruse to prevent Cyborg from killing Rhonda Rousey

    • Ryan thompson

      It will continue because its cool to bash successful people. It’s like a band that people say they liked before they got popular.
      Fans seem to forget that Dana White & the UFC built mma into what it is today. They will always bitch and pretend like they would do a better job running the UFC.

  • Matthew J Lynch

    It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with being too old! I’m 32 and on TRT because I have the test level of an 80 year old man (literally, as quantified by blood testing and comparison to age defined reference range). We’re fairly certain the depressed test levels are linked to a severe head injury I sustained in a major car accident over 7 years ago. If you think about head injuries and fighting…it might make sense that there is a disproportionately higher number of athletes needing trt in mma due to twisted exposure to head trauma and the associated alterations in treat levels, growth hormone, thyroid and cortisol levels.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Which equals, you shouldn’t fight.

      • Ahmaid Ahdoodi

        When you get cancer, remember that it’s only nature telling you that you shouldn’t live.

        • firstlast

          Remember, when you up in the morning “nature” may decide to kill you.

  • TheCerealKiller


  • Austin, TX

    Excellent ruling. I agree completely. If you have TRT issues, then maybe you shouldn’t be fighting anyway for a living. This should make the Vitor Weidman match more interesting. And more fair. They should also render all 3 of Vitor’s “victories” in Brazil (Where he and his doctor were free to do practically as they pleased….with Vitor’s $$) null and void and no contests. His physique and his demeanor were ridiculous almost.

  • David Huenecke

    I wonder if this means gsp will come back sooner than later as he had a big problem with it. To be honest I expected dana to flip out cause he pretty much disagrees with anything the NSAC does.

  • MuayThaiFood

    Well, looks like the Sonnen vs Silva fight is off. Chael said he would die if he didn’t get TRT. If he takes the fight now he’s either a liar or a cheater (actually that would make him both if he fights). Can’t wait to see this develop.


      did he say he die or get killed with out it…. if he only fought as good as he ran his mouth he GOAT!!!

    • Ryan thompson

      Hey stupid,
      What happened to the cool picture?
      They’re fighting in Brazil so this will not effect
      Their fight.
      If this is going to effect any fight in the near future it will be Weidman vs Belfort.

      • MuayThaiFood

        “We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events.”

        I read “international markets and missed the part about “lack of governing bodies” so I stand corrected. That could change by fight time though so I guess we’ll wait and see. Chael has already stated, regarding the new rules, that ” the rules are the rules, end of story”. He didn’t mention that he wouldn’t be able to fight under the new rules without risking death so I guess that makes it pretty clear that his medical need for TRT was BS.

        • Rence

          well for what its worth, announcement that Brazil’s athletic commission just banned trt as well. the one hendo has is the last one they’ll honor.

  • DUH

    well of corse ufc stands behind the new rule they have no choice

  • Cameron Merryman

    Vitor already pulled out of the weidman fight

  • Milosc

    The media has spoken!