Steroids in MMA
Which MMA Fighter Will Test Positive For Steroids Next?

Todd Duffee and Dan Henderson Both Have Testosterone Replacement Therapy Exemptions in Nevada

(Yeah, I can see Duffee being testosterone deficient.)

According to a story in the most recent edition of Dave Meltzer’s F4WOnline newsletter, only two fighters have received approval in Nevada for testosterone replacement therapy and one of them is 24-year-old brick shithouse, Todd Duffee. The other one is 40-year-old former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson.

On an unrelated note, besides getting older, MMAJunkie’s resident medical expert, Dr. Johnny Benjamin pointed out this week that one primary cause of abnormally low testosterone levels in otherwise healthy males is prolonged steroid use.

Meltzer says that only one fighter has received medical clearance for his use of testosterone replacement in California, but CSAC would not reveal the name of the fighter whose name rhymes with Stan Menderson.

The report went on to debunk the rumor that UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture has a TRT exemption.

Duffee was tested prior to his UFC 114 fight with Mike Russow in May, but was not tested afterwards as he lost the bout. 

Is it just me, or does the testing criteria seems a bit flawed if they are only testing the winners and fighters involved in championship bouts?

What’s to stop someone from acquiring a doctor’s note stating that they have low T levels to cover them when the synthetic version of the hormone shows up in blood tests? Realistically, a fighter could boost the levels of the hormone in their system leading up to a fight to enhance strength training, endurance and recovery and then taper off prior to the bout to test within the allowable range.

Even if Sonnen’s case is completely legit, it has exposed an issue that has plagued the sport for some time which could only be curbed by the commissions or promotions instituting yearlong testing like the NFL or NHL have. With the amount of time fighters have off in between fights and the amount of times they are recovering from injuries and surgeries, there would be no way to know if they are aiding their recovery or training with the help of science and chemistry in the form of PEDs without set or random drug testing.

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Get Off Me- December 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm
NATURAL SELECTION, that is why PED's should not be used in Pro Sports.

LEX LUGER, that is why healthy human's should not take steroids.

I understand what training and putting your body through the ringer is... egg whites, multigrain toast, peanut butter, water, fish, chicken, rice, vegies generally are sufficient. Protein powders and creatine were about as far as I went with supplements and I had good results from those, nothing to put me over the top on the competition but allowed me to gain 10lbs or lose 10lbs if needed much easier.
One day I tried something called AD-1 and well..... suffice to say, steroids or agents that manifest themselves as steroids once digested should not be giving to healthy athletes under any circumstances, moreover if you are deficient of testosterone, you should not be injecting testosterone and fighting.

Stenhård- December 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Machida should drink Dan Hendersons piss and not his own
budsellers- December 9, 2010 at 11:57 am
hmmm, i wonder if this means all of the media people will stop coming down so hard on josh "we love to hate him" barnett... dude is simply not as smart as some of these other guys. he got busted doing what everyone else is obviously also doing.
jeanclaudetransam- December 9, 2010 at 11:26 am
I agree with Danomite's comments. Furthermore, call me crazy but if I were to climb in a cage, I would want to win based on talent and hard work. Not based on the fact I used artificial drugs to fuel my performance.

I often wonder how people who might be out there using steroids and haven't been caught can feel proud of any achievements they made. Do they look in the mirror and wonder if they could have done the same things without PEDs?
RwilsonR- December 9, 2010 at 11:11 am
I just had a chance to read this, and I don't really want to delve into the whole steroid aspect since I don't have time before my next meeting. All I want to say is that I can understand why Hendo would be on HRT, as he has had nearly 30 years of weight cutting fucking with his hormone levels. But fucking Duff Man? He is fucking 24. They should have a non-quack doctor check him out.
Chael Sonnens Balls- December 9, 2010 at 11:07 am
my balls itch a lot ... does that qualify me for medical clearance to use testosterone replacement?
raton- December 9, 2010 at 10:25 am
"Bigger, Stronger, Faster",Good movie, it points out a lot of the hypocrisy in our culture when it comes to steroids.
jimbonics- December 9, 2010 at 10:03 am
Not everyone can be Nate Diaz, you guys.
LB_Fargo- December 9, 2010 at 9:47 am
@ acornwe2 - Indeed PEDs help recover and have many benifits, and indeed MMA training is brutal on your body. However the fact remains that PEDs give an unfair advantage. It is sad that most fighters are probably using PEDs between fights, that puts pressure on the rest of us who are all natural to use PEDs because "everyone else is doing it" and when you are trading blows in the cage you dont want to be the guy who is all natural taking shots from a guy who has been shooting up bullshark testostorone for the past three months..

Think about this, many people don't support PED use and many fighters dont want to use PEDs..
Lysol- December 9, 2010 at 9:43 am
True, but at three deaths in the sport's history, the date rate for being a fighter is lower than the death rate for being a golfer.

Not a straw man at all to say fights are boring unless one of the guys is on steroids. And I love your innovative grammar.
doowm- December 9, 2010 at 9:40 am
I swear, ya bring up a testosterone/steroid discussion and the 'roiders' get all "wahhhhh don't take my things, I want 'em, I need 'em" on us! My 2 & 7 year olds act the same way when I tell them they don't need something! lmao
Tardjitsu- December 9, 2010 at 9:36 am
For those of you interested in PEDs, ethics, and their relation to the American public sphere, there is this documentary filmed a little while back. It's called "Bigger, stronger, faster." It talks about the history of doping in sports, and a man's struggle with ethics and America's win at all costs attitude. hxxp://
acornwe2- December 9, 2010 at 9:29 am
Sounds like the perfect world to me. Less trained fighters and boring fights! Woo Hoo, hope that happens!
DazedNConfused- December 9, 2010 at 9:27 am
One problem with steroids and such is the public image is presents. Sure some of you guys may all be screaming "if you want to do it, go ahead" etc, but that's not what most of the public believes. Major sports are still against steroids, and as a previous article pointed out, even the WWE has out-lawed TRT. I really believe the next natural step is for the UFC to do the same.

It's not a matter of being pussies, but the UFC wants to move up, get sanctioned in more places and become a household name. If everyone starts yapping about the MMA being a haven for abusing TRT, it isn't going to help us get pass the Bob O'reilly's of this world.

Steroids also have health implications that no one can really look past. You're young and strong but once you get old, you pretty much fall apart. Your heart is now shit, you've over abused your liver from all the supplements and steroids, and you might have a strong possibility of dieing young. I don't know about you guys but I don't want MMA becoming like wrestling, where everyone goes crazy when they're old, and die of heart attacks, or turn into blackouts.

If you're 24 and taking it, then something is seriously fuckkked.
Organ Donor- December 9, 2010 at 9:27 am
steroids give the added advantage of shrinking, and thus making it harder for your opponent to kick, your balls.
MoTropolis- December 9, 2010 at 9:24 am

You mean 3 fatalities...unless somebody has heard anything good about Paixao.
Fedor Penn- December 9, 2010 at 9:23 am
Most professional athletes are taking PEDs. People just don't want to believe it.
Lysol- December 9, 2010 at 9:22 am
@Chief_NsH :

Very classy to guilt trip us with the whole "they put their lives on the line" stuff. Normally that phrase is reserved for people like the soldiers and police who get shot at for a living and firefighters who run into burning buildings, but applying it to a group of guys who play a sport that has had only two fatalities in its existance isn't inappropriate at all. And it's certainly not hyperbole.
LOKI- December 9, 2010 at 9:18 am
Too bad they dont have PED's for his chin.
MoTropolis- December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am
Danomite is so smart.
jimbonics- December 9, 2010 at 9:17 am
And Chief_NsH clearly suffers from 'roid rage.
Casa de los pantelones- December 9, 2010 at 9:15 am
How about, if you want to do it, do it...if not, don't. Problem solved.

Otherwise, the testing should be more stringent and the penalties a lot stiffer. Get caught cheating and you are banned for life in any organization in any country or continent.

America is about the biggest pussy when it comes to this cruel and unusual punishment crap. Make the punishments stricter and the offenses will go down.
danomite- December 9, 2010 at 9:12 am
so let me get this straight, steroids are amazing wonder drugs with magic healing powers but at best they give a fighter only a slight advantage in the ring?

Just so I can stop hearing this dumb "fighters need steroids to recover because we train harder than anybody else" cop-out let me say this: Perhaps the steroids are the reason you are training so hard. Let's say that UFC implements a real drug testing policy. Random testing, blood and urine, throughout the year with no prior notice for all fighters under contract. Now fighters know that if they take steroids at all there is a good chance they will get caught so they stop taking them. Now all fighters in the UFC, because they can't take steroids, are not training as hard as they were when they took the steroids. Not training as hard means that they don't get injured as much and don't need to rely on steroids to recover. Problem solved. Steroids are out of MMA and athletes no longer need them to recover because they know their limitations and they are training safer and smarter.

If that was too complicated or poorly worded, just do this: Imagine a world where PED's didn't exist. There are no drugs at all to help fighters "recover". What would they do? they would train until they reach their limit and then stop. Steroids give people a way to subject their bodies to more punishment than they can handle. Take them away and people will adjust their training accordingly.
jimbonics- December 9, 2010 at 9:11 am
Leben tested positive immediately following his loss to Bisping.

However, that was the UFC testing, I believe, and not an athletic commission, as it was in the UK.
MoTropolis- December 9, 2010 at 9:07 am
"CSAC would not reveal the name of the fighter whose name rhymes with Stan Menderson."

Just in case any noobs out there couldnt figure out who they are talking about, its Nam Phanderson.