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Quote of the Day: Past Steroid Users Like Vitor Belfort Will Probably Not Be Receiving TRT Exemptions in Nevada

(“I don’t really get what this whole TRT debate is even about, Vitor. As if my thyme-roasted tilapia is the sole ingredient behind your success.”) 

Although testosterone replacement therapy hasn’t been a topic of debate for all that long in the MMA world, it has more than worn out its welcome with the sport’s fans and more than a few fighters to boot. It’s been criticized so much that even Dana White has flip-flopped on the issue, now vowing to “test the shit” out of fighters on TRT out of fear that they will abuse it. The general dislike for this newfangled “therapy” is only intensified when it involves past steroid abusers like say Vitor Belfort, who tested positive for 4-Hydroxytestosterone following his Pride 32 loss to Dan Henderson in 2006.

As you surely recall, Belfort was granted a TUE for TRT prior to his UFC on FX 7 victory over Michael Bisping. Although most of us were willing to give “The Phenom” a pass for that event because he was able to shut up Michael Bisping for a minute or two, it looks like NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer will not be so lenient should Belfort and past dopers like him fight in Nevada any time soon:

I don’t see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us. I really don’t and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he’s trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that. 

In May of last year, Kizer likened TRT to “the new Viagra” amongst combat sports athletes upon granting Chael Sonnen a TUE for UFC 148. But before you jump on Kizer for playing both sides of the fence by granting Sonnen a TRT exemption, you should first understand the difference between past users like Belfort and guys like Sonnen, at least according to Kizer:

He handled himself well and some people handle themselves well. Some guys are going to have to jump through some additional hoops, but even Chael wasn’t a prior steroid (user) that could have caused the deficiency like Vitor. 

Whether or not Kizer stands by his word remains to be seen, especially considering that Belfort hasn’t fought in Nevada since getting front-kicked into a living death by Anderson Silva at UFC 126. At the same time, it’s great to see guys like Kizer and Dana White finally labeling TRT for what it really is: legalized cheating. Now if only we could get them to ease off on the whole “marijuana” thing. It’s saving our annoying children’s lives, dammit!

-J. Jones

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smiledriver- March 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm
I know that some commisions allow a Testosterone levels of 1:6 which is really high without a TUE. I would be interested to know if in the normal treatment of Low T does the standard of care allow levels of 1:6 or higher?
Darkside- March 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm
Testosterone should be banned across the board, regardless of reason, period. Simple as that.
Pen Fifteen- March 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm
Make sure to let me know when a fighter with type 2 diabetes applies for a fighting license in Nevada. Until then, shove your thought experiment all the way up your ass.
Sopapo- March 7, 2013 at 3:26 pm
if ur abuse of banned substanses to have an unfair advantage reduces the normal lvl of testosterone time in ur body, u should retire earlier.
Sopapo- March 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm
Ur example makes no fucking sense. Listen, its simple, If ur abuse of any BANNED substances makes u produce low amount of testosterone then ur fucked, as u should. TRT helps old fighters have the experience of a 40 yeared old man and the testosterone of a 20 yeared old guy. Doesn't really seem all that fair to me, anyways. if u abused and it cause that deficieny u should fuck urself for beign a cheater.
The subtences are BANNED, sugar ain't banned so ur example makes 0 sense.
Tristan- March 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm
You don't deny a diabetic fighter his insulin because he caused his diabetes by abusing sugar. So what if a fighter's low testosterone is precipitated by past steroid use? A fighter gets caught cheating, pays his fine/serves his suspension, and then he's reinstated as a fighter in good standing with the commission, until he fails another test. He's not brought back on some kind of conditional/probationary status, so they have no grounds on which to deny him needed medicine, no matter why he needs it.

The focus needs to be on making sure fighters have legitimate medical need for TRT, and making sure they don't abuse it. If it was properly enforced so you couldn't abuse it and gain an advantage from it, then most wouldn't apply for it.
Get Off Me- March 7, 2013 at 2:26 pm
So a doctor's note is no longer the determining factor for steroids/trt? Now Keith's judgement decides the matter? If Chael lying under oath about an exemption is handling himself well, what must Vitor do now to receive his steroids pass? Here's an idea for the sake of legitimacy of NSAC and the UFC, ban the use of steroids in the sport of mma altogether.