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And So it Continues: Forrest Griffin Hopped on the TRT Bandwagon for UFC 148 Fight With Tito Ortiz

(On the count of three, I want everyone who is not pulling a fast one to raise their hand.) 

If there are two things that we would be willing to bet the house on in light of recent events, it’s that half of the scheduled fights for the next few months will be cancelled due to injury, and the few participants who remain standing after the smoke clears will only be doing so as a result of testosterone replacement therapy. So goes the story for TUF 1 winner and former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, the most recent UFC behemoth  fighter who both filed for and was successful in receiving a therapeutic use exemption for TRT over the past couple months.

Griffin joins the ranks of such puny weaklings as Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen that will never be able to produce testosterone naturally again, leading us to wonder how that will effect his chances of survival once the whole apocalypse thing he has been talking about actually hits. Tip #147: TRT is for girly men; always go au naturale.

The news that Griffin received a TUE from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his UFC 148 fight with the now-retired Tito Ortiz was reported by Pro MMA Radio Host Larry Pepe via his Twitter earlier today. Kind of makes you imagine how gassed Griffin would have really been in that third round had he not recently hopped on this bandwagon, but we digress.

We could get into the whole moral debate over this issue, but it would truly be retreading old ground at this point. The truth is, there ain’t much that FoGriff could do to justify his sudden need for testosterone, other than the fact that he’s not 22 anymore. Everyone from Randy Couture to Dana White have stated that TRT is basically a crock of shit excuse for aging athletes to feel younger again, but it’s legal, so whaddayagonnado?! Start juicing up filling out that paperwork now, Stephan, because you’re going to need it if you ever get that rematch.

Express your outrage or support for FoGriff’s plight in the comments section. And happy Friday the 13th, Potato Nation. I leave you with this:

(Fair warning: You DEFINITELY won’t see the compiler’s choice of music coming.) 

-J. Jones

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holeeball- July 15, 2012 at 10:46 am
The argument that steroids/TRT/random BS are aOK because you still have to work your ass of are getting tired and are at the very least obtuse.
If you're a fan of this argument why don't you go preach it to the other guy? In this case this would be Tito Ortiz. Good luck with that.

"Hey Tito. It's me! TRT is ok because you still have to work your ass of." Yeah right go eat a big fucking bag of testosterone (which is ok because blablabla)
Mr_Misanthropy- July 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm
They all just need the Redbull, Slim Jim, and horse meat diet. TRT is for lady men.
XENOPHON- July 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm
back@the Dutch Heavy - We'll now that I understand a bit more of the pros's and con's of TRT, using it for a slight advantage - only at the likely risk of not being able to produce the hormone naturally hits me no more different that a person doing prescription drugs and mixing them alcohol. Basically a its a road to ruin. Now you say that most also take it as a way to prevent aging (from other steroid abuses), but I understand with DNA aging is already pre-programmed. The more and more I read or learn about the use of enhanced performance by drugs, the more those who use them look more pathetic to me than anything else. It's not that they seek some competitive advantage, as all organisms do the same, its that they actually seek short term gains, for long term permanent damages. Simply, it's not smart logic. Yet, knowing sports in general are inundated with the same abuses makes me suspect all the top performers these days.
amsterdamheavy- July 14, 2012 at 11:20 am
@Xen - I actually think that most of them are taking it as an "anti-aging" treatment. It isnt a miracle cure for anything though, you still have to work your ass off to get the maximum benefit of it in teh fight game and as you can see with griffin, it cant turn shit into Shinola either.
Crow42- July 14, 2012 at 11:15 am
Haha so to sum it up
If your taking TRT, then u have a nut problem LOL
amsterdamheavy- July 14, 2012 at 11:18 am
Well, if you NEED TRT you have a nut problem.
XENOPHON- July 14, 2012 at 6:06 am
back @ amsterdamheavy - That was a good and clear explanation. I guess what you've described is that for fighters that now have prescriptions for synthetic Testosterone/or waivers have either abused or gone overboard with performance drugs and are now reliant on the synthetic replacement.
RearNakedSpoon- July 14, 2012 at 5:03 am
Non-issue alert!
UFCFightBlogger- July 13, 2012 at 11:27 pm
Forrest Griffin didn't exactly look good against Tito Ortiz last weekend so maybe TRT does not work after all. Yeah he got the win, but I think everyone knows Tito won that fight. Why else did Forrest leave the octagon so quickly?

Check out this article about Urijah Faber's fight with Barao next weekend
amsterdamheavy- July 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Xen: TRT (as opposed to cycling steroids) is only to be used when your bosy does not make enough testosterone to keep you at an appropriate level. IIRC "avg male" is between 300-900. If you fall below 300, you become a candidate for TRT and TRT is a lifetime commitment. You will shut down the HPTA (hypothalamus/pituitary/testicular axis)on TRT after a couple months, but it doesnt matter becomes TRT is for life and you are supplementing to get to natural levels. *ALL* testosterone derived steroids will shut you down eventually with the right dosage. For testosterone its something 100mg over 10 weeks. Now, when youre cycling steroids, you HPTA absolutely gets shut down and that is what damages some of these guys. They either do not do a proper PCT (post cycle therapy) or they have a natural susceptibility to their HPTA getting shut down. Deca-Durbolin for example can shut your whole HPTA with ONE 10mg dose and people take 500mg of it a week. - and some people never recover from that. You see when you take steroids in anabolic cycle doses, you take testosterone or test AND another anabolic. You take the test to keep your dick working properly, because your HPTA shuts down and no natural test is produced. So, getting back to TRT, Ive given you one example where people who have cycled NEED TRT because they have damaged their HPTA. If you *need* TRT though, for whatever reason its a lifetime need, you never come off of TRT and a reasonable dose of testosterone for TRT is in the 60-80mg range every week to ten days. On a cycle, you could be taking 250mg to some loonies will take a gram a week 1000mg. The fact that TRT is for life shows that Marquardt is a fucking liar about his low levels and how he came off of TRT; this means he did not need it in the first place. It seems to me that very few people who fight NEED TRT. Randy said it best - they take it to keep the test levels of a 20 yr old when they are 35 or 40, not because their levels are low for their age, but because their levels are low compared to an 18 yr old, or compared to their own levels when they were 25, etc. I hope I laid that all out so it could be understood. If you have any other questions or want clarification, Ill check back here. Oh, btw, missed you for a while around here, ya prick.
XENOPHON- July 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm
So no one knows about the effects of TRT?
holeeball- July 15, 2012 at 10:51 am
That would be a big fat round fully natural NO.
Darkside- July 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm You're welcome.
SKK BB- July 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm
bummer. TRT needs to go.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm
Maybe they should be issuing them neuticles instead. It seems to work well for depressed neutered dogs. They could get that alpha male mentality back and not even have to stick needles in their asses.

Remember, half the battle is in the mind.
FightZen- July 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm
Hm. I guess that proves that TRT isn't a performance enhancing drug.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm
Little known fact, Jason Vorhees trained with the Gracies in the early nineties.
XENOPHON- July 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm
So whats the deal with TRT? Once you take it, you can't produce normal levels naturally? We've never had an article that described how it works, or what the lasting effects are.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Mr_Misanthropy- July 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Don't you mean put them in your taco and fry them?
Crow42- July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Ok so 1 day it would be mandatory for all fighters to get TRT.
I really think that if a fighter needs TRT , he should change professions.