UFC Heavyweight contender, Roy Nelson, takes on legendary MMA Heavyweight, Minotauro Nogueira on April 11th in Abu Dhabi. Prior to his main event bout, Nelson spoke with Fox Sports to discuss the recent TRT ban, and his application to become the NSAC director.
I’m always interested in furthering and making our sport better. But at the same time, I applied for the state athletic commission job and the next thing you know there’s a TRT ban. So maybe sometimes I don’t have to be the executive director to get things moving along over there.
All [the TRT ban] did was just put everything back on the shelf of what the world was before the TRT, so if you were going to juice, you’re going to juice anyways. Now, maybe it’s just not regulated.
It really kind of negates, it adds a little loophole for people that could have already been popped before somewhere else, but all it did was open up the original floodgate where hey we’ve just got to test for it. Now we just cycle it, when before if you were on TRT and have an exemption they actually tested you a couple of weeks before. It was actually harder, and more stringent so I would assume people will just go back in the closet.
Nelson has been one of many UFC fighters pushing for stricter testing in the UFC and MMA for years. For that reason, Nelson applied for the NSAC executive director position once Keith Kizer stepped down. With so many MMA headlines dealing with drug testing, it seems that it will be just a matter of time before random drug testing is implemented to clean up the sport.