September 22, 2012; Toronto, ON, CANADA; Vitor Belfort steps into the ring prior to his fight against Jon Jones (not pictured) in the light heavyweight championship during UFC 152 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN investigates TRT issue in MMA

There is no way around it, TRT is a huge issue in MMA today. Vitor Belfort is easily the face of the sport’s biggest issue, and behind him are tons of critics and dissenters. ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ did a special report on the TRT issue in MMA, which you can watch in the video above.

Along with the video is this article from ESPN that details their thorough research into the sport’s most complex topic. Check out this short blurb from the article (Transcription courtesy of Bloodyelbow):

In the wake of the recommendation as well as in anticipation of Belfort’s application, the Nevada commission plans to review its TRT policy in a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, raising the possibility it could decide to eliminate testosterone exemptions. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta responded, saying the promoter would continue to defer to the judgment of athletic commissions with regard to TRT.

But, although the state athletic commissions and not the UFC ultimately grant exemptions, the MMA promotional giant has at times played a role in leading fighters down a path to TRT. Belfort volunteered that it was a “UFC doctor” who started his testosterone regimen in 2011 — similar to a 2012 claim by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who said a UFC doctor referred him to an age-management specialist. Sources also told “Outside the Lines” that the UFC encouraged heavyweight Roy “Big Country” Nelson to see a doctor about TRT, although he eventually opted not to after having lab work done in 2010. Nelson declined multiple interview requests for this story.

UFC president, Dana White, has been back and forth on the TRT issue for quite a while. At first Dana did not mind, stating that TUE’s and TRT was out of his control. In his most recent statements, White states that he would like to see TRT gone from the sport.

What are your thoughts on TRT? Should it be banned or available to those who need it medically? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @SchlinskMMA.

Tags: Dana White ESPN Rampage Jackson Roy Nelson TRT UFC Vitor Belfort

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