In a stunning move that seemed to have come out of nowhere the Nevada State Athletic Commission has banned the therapeutic-use of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). This means that any fighter wishing to compete in the state of Nevada will have to do so TRT free and no exemptions will be given.
A statement released by the UFC said: “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.”
Alan’s Angle: Although the UFC will be supportive of this ban it came at somewhat of a bad time for the promotion as we are just two months away from Chris Weidman’s title defense to Vitor Belfort, a well publicised user of TRT. Belfort has been on TRT since 2011 and was getting set to send in his application for exemption.
It will be a matter of time before other commissions enforce a similar ban. Other notable users of TRT include Dan Henderson, Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen.