Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, 34, has received his third therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), this time by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. Mir has been granted a TUE ahead of his bout Saturday at UFC 169 opposite Alistair Overeem.
"Frank Mir has been licensed and medically cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) for UFC 169," said a statement released by Nick Lembo, counsel for the NJSCAB. "Typically, the NJSACB does not discuss medical matters or drug testing. Such is due to applicable privacy laws."
Lembo's statement indicates the governing body of combat sports in the state choose to publicly release a statement about Mir's TRT TUE after the fighter himself announced he had received one, which caused a flood of requests for information.
"Please be advised that we have chosen to honor the TUE's for TRT for Mr. Mir already granted by the states of Nevada and Wisconsin. Those records were provided to this agency."
Mir first received a TUE for TRT before UFC 146 in May of 2012 in Nevada where he eventually lost to Junior dos Santos via second-round TKO. He also obtained one at UFC 164 in Wisconsin in August of 2013 prior to his bout with Josh Barnett where he lost by first-round TKO.
Lembo states Mir was evaluated by a board certified endocrinologist and those records were reviewed by the commission's ringside physician. In addition, Mir will have to undergo a continual battery of tests to make sure he is in compliance with the terms of the exemption.
"Upon application in New Jersey, Mr. Mir was required to be seen by a board certified endocrinologist at a major medical institution for this particular exemption for this particular fight. The detailed report from the endocrinologist and applicable medical records were reviewed by our lead MMA ringside physician Dr. Sherry Wulkan.
"He has been, and will continue to be monitored via blood, hair and urine testing well prior to the event, near the event, pre bout, after the bout, and well after the competition date."
"Any further comment from this agency will not be made until after the competition," Lembo continued. "At this point, both Mr. Mir and Mr. Overeem should be able to solely focus on their upcoming bout. Any distractions due to this issue would be a disservice to the contest."