Could UFC president Dana White be softening his stance on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)? After admitting in January that he and middleweight challenger Vitor Belfort weren't on good terms over his use of TRT, White, speaking with media members Thursday, lacked much of the vitriol he's previously expressed over the treatment. Calling TRT 'unfair' in the past, White's hardened stance seems to have been replaced with more of an endorsement of regulation.
"Of course," said White when asked whether or not Belfort should be eligible to compete while undergoing TRT. "Absolutely. It's absolutely legal. He can apply for [a testosterone use exemption (TUE)]. That's up to [the Nevada State Athletic Commision]. Like I said before, a lot of guys are on TRT. Guys are getting exemptions and using it. I just think the Vitor thing is overplayed. Yes, I know he tested positive, but the guy's had these exemptions. He's been able to use it. He's going to apply for it and if they say 'No' then he's going to have to fight without using it. It's as simple as that."
Scheduled to face middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Belfort would need approval of a TUE by the NSAC to continue his treatment. Competing for PRIDE In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone while competing in Nevada, meaning the NSAC would need to issue an exemption allowing him to continue TRT leading up to his bout. Unfortunately for Belfort, that decision wouldn't be consistant with its policy of not allowing a TUE if an individual's needs derive from past non-sanctioned use.
Despite his obvious interests promoting Belfort, White does admit that ultimately he'd like to see the NSAC work towards an outright ban on TRT.
"I've been saying it forever. I think [TRT] should go away. It should go away. Make everything easy. Make everything fair. Nobody will have to say, 'Well, this guy gets to.' It'll be gone. Then we don't have to talk about it, worry about it, hear about it or think about it."
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