"The doctors came out and said they want to ban it? Well, that's the answer," White told The Associated Press (AP) on Monday. "It's legal in the sport. The commissions let you do it. You get an exemption, and you have to be monitored and all the stuff that's going on, but if they're going to do away with it? There you go. It's a problem solved."
The ARP, an 'an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete,' released a position statement on Monday claiming the approval of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for combat athletes are 'rarely justified' and may endanger them, especially the opponents of fighters using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.
At the center of the debate is 36-year-old UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort. Tentatively scheduled to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman this summer in Las Vegas, Belfort would need approval of a TUE by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to continue his TRT. Having tested positive in 2006 for 4-hydroxytestosterone while competing in Nevada, the governing body would need to review its policy of not allowing a TUE if an individual's needs derive from past non-sanctioned use. According to the AP, White went so far as to say he hopes the NSAC doesn't grant Belfort his exemption.
"He drives me crazy, and me and Vitor were not on good terms a few months ago," White said. "Just because this whole TRT thing, I think, is unfair, and I said we're going to test the living (daylights) out of him (during training). And we have, and he has complied, and he has been within the limits he's supposed to have."
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So the Association for Ringside Physicians supports elimination of TRT in MMA, the fighters want it gone. Only the cheaters want to keep it.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) January 27, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via heavyfl0w.
I'm totally baffled at the arguments that Henderson won the fight. People are describing this criteria that seems to be based on numbers and a revisionist idea of what constitutes "trying to finish a fight", then tripping over their own logic when they try to actually break the fight down. KJ Gould, in his article, claimed that the 1st should have gone to Henderson because his standing arm triangle attempt was a more aggressive attempt to finish than Josh taking Ben down, getting a body triangle, and working from his back for the better part of three minutes. Since when is the most aggressive attempt to finish the be all/end all of who wins a round? How about who actually, you know, won the round? This is MMA; it's about weighing the totality of what took place vs. the question of "did one thing that happened matter enough to win Fighter X the round?" In that case, the arm triangle? Come on. That's just getting bogged down by the weight of your own BS if you ask me. Silly. Anyway, check this out, if you please.
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