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Frank Mir Received a TUE For UFC 146, And Other Disheartening Facts From The Week in MMA

(So I sez to da brod, “Chael sent me,” and she just hands the needles right ova!!) 

To say that it has been a disturbing week in the world almost does too much justice for the term “disturbing.” It has been an abhorring week. There have been two cases of zombie-like acts of cannibalism reported in the past few days alone. Two. If you can stomach it, see for yourself what the human race is still capable of. Being a bit of a paranoid, Burt Gummer-esque survivalist at heart, upon hearing this news, I immediately took to the stocked gun cabinet that rests in the dining room of my countryside abode, stepped outside, and began target practicing on squirrels, chipmunks, and whatever else happened to cross my path. Because this is how it begins, people. You know, the stuff those guys in face paint and textiles told us would happen so many years ago. And I hate to be a dick, but I warned you fuckers. Many, many times. And you just didn’t want to listen.

Self whoring aside, I’d like to think that when the news in the real world gets me down, I can always turn to the world of MMA/combat sports for a little bit of solace, be it in the form of a fantastic knockout, a discussion with friends, or a news story that makes me smile from ear to ear. So you can imagine my disappointment when I came across yet another story of a mixed martial artist, this time Frank Mir, hopping on the TRT bandwagon.

I’ll admit, I found it a little odd when Frank told Ariel Helwani that he didn’t want to discuss the matter in the interviews leading up to his UFC 146 clash with Junior Dos Santos, because let’s be honest, when is there ever something that Frank Mir doesn’t want to talk about? BloodyElbow’s Brent Brookhouse seems to agree with this sentiment, and Mir’s avoidance of the issue makes so much more sense in retrospect.

Here’s a video of the interview for those of you too lazy to click a link. The topic in question comes up around the 1:12 mark.

And like Brookehouse also stated, I’m not going to rant about this revelation. I will say, however, that I’m not buying it. I was always weary in regards to which fighters, if any, truly needed testosterone replacement therapy to compete in the first place, and now that these exemptions are seemingly being handed out as easily as medicinal marijuana cards in California, I’m officially calling bullshit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the use/legalization/mass distribution of the sticky-icky, but trying to convince me that professional fighters (especially massive heavyweights like Mir) are somehow lacking testosterone simply ain’t gonna happen. Does that make me a hypocrite? Probably. Ignorant? Sure, but that’s just my view. I’m not saying it’s the correct one, but I am saying that Keith Kizer already predicted that more and more fighters would be applying for these “exemptions” once they became available.

Don’t think I fail to see the irony in following up a statement about how I won’t rant…with a rant.

But as it is, creator and host of Pro MMA Radio, Larry Pepe, was the first to break the news, when he tweeted the following:

NSAC’s Keith Kizer confirmed to me that Frank Mir met all requirements for & received TUE for TRT for UFC 146 fight against JDS.

Again, I’d like to ask what exactly these requirements are, but if it takes half as long to explain as it does to hand out a year suspension for marijuana metabolites, which is a long God damn time, then I’ll pass.

And speaking of our favorite ADHD patient, today’s second sickening revelation comes during the fallout of Nick Diaz’s aforementioned suspension.

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Latonia Francisco- June 8, 2012 at 4:48 am
I came across yet another story of a mixed martial artist, this time Frank Mir, hopping on the TRT bandwagon.
Latonia Francisco- June 8, 2012 at 4:48 am
I came across yet another story of a mixed martial artist, this time Frank Mir, hopping on the TRT bandwagon.
linzhancr- June 4, 2012 at 10:57 am
holeeball- June 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm
This is getting ridiculous. How can this fucking behemoth have testosterone deficiency? Did he fought all these years with testosterone deficiency? Absolutely ridiculous. Commission probably on someones pocket/take. I mean, let's put 2+2 together right!
fightfan- June 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm
MMA fighters are already the biggest, fastest, and strongest athletes competing professionaly today. UFC MMA fighters are the best of the best. Now all of a sudden so many of these athletes "need" TRT?? Total BS. The same thing happened when Oxycontin hit the market.....Many heroin addicts then "needed" it for pain managment. And in this day and age, if you want something, you will find a Dr to Rx it.
Sopapo- June 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Do you remember the Mir from 146? he had quite a belly. Dude is obviously fat, lots of muscles too but he wasn't shreded, not at all.
Daley- June 2, 2012 at 11:56 am
The biggest issue for me with TRT is that they give it to people that clearly don't need it but then Overeem got totally villified in the press when he's at the same levels as these other guys. He just doesn't have one of these bullshit TUE certificates which I reckon you can now get for free on the internet.
fightfan- June 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm
I will betcha WHEN he comes back he will have a TRT license or be the ONLY and 1st to be denied for a TRT exemption
danomite- June 2, 2012 at 7:53 am
You guys should do a picture gallery article of fighters that have TUE exemptions. Rampage, Sonnen, Duffy, Mir... I've never seen any of these guys look like they lack the ability to produce testosterone. Better yet, make a TUE wall calendar and sell it.
enrikk- June 2, 2012 at 6:08 am
Ever since I read your guys' definitive article on PEDs in MMA and saw that 60% of fighters caught with banned substances also *lost* their fights... I've stopped caring about all the TRT hype. If people on TRT started magically winning their fights (Mir didn't) then that would be one thing, but as it stands, I see more reason to laugh and say, "How'd that work out for you, buddy?"
The12ozCurls- June 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm
JJ -- seriously -- you are upset about zombie-ish stuff. I watched this a little while back and I could have sworn that the zombie genre was just fine with you. Just sayin. Nothin but love bro.
shitbag- June 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Fuck this TRT bullshit, MMA is going to end up like this:
Mir please break Brocks neck- June 1, 2012 at 8:50 pm
Sorry...a little help. "TRT Bandwagon" means.....?
RearNakedSpoon- June 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm
Diaz can't string a coherent sentence together and gets $300k to talk to the media! Are you fucking shitting me? Rudy Eugene must of heard this story and concluded that bat shit crazy pays off big.