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Despite dropping his last four bouts in the Octagon, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has a renewed confidence.

A former patient of the since-banned testosterone replacement therapy [TRT], Mir now believes the treatment only served as a stop gap helping to push through his larger issues.

"TRT was patchwork - it was putting a Band-Aid on the problem," Mir told MMA Junkie. "I went to a medical doctor, but I wasn't searching out TRT. I just purely went to the doctor and said, ‘Hey, I don't feel good, I have no energy, I've got no motivation, I'm kind of depressed. I'm constantly - guys are making jokes that I'm the most injured they've ever trained with. Every other day something breaks down on my body. What's going on?' Then they're like, ‘Oh, well this is available.'

"He did the blood work and found low testosterone. Now that they've banned it, I look at it and realized that wasn't really the problem. Improper training and nutrition was the reason; training too hard and excessive twice, three times a day, Monday through Friday. That was what was causing low testosterone. Looking back I realize that was just a symptom of the problem. I was just training improperly."

Mir believes his old habits of overtraining became a vicious cycle leading to injuries, then forcing him to train and fight around his broken down body.

"Recharging the batteries was a factor, but the main thing was just healing up from injuries in the proper way and giving them the proper time to perform," Mir said. "Most of my training was limited, not by what I needed to do, but having to train around injuries.

"I was having multiple surgeries after fights and not really addressing them the way I should have and having a proper off-season. So it was leading to more injuries and really making a strong influence on the way I was fighting. I was having to fight around injuries and not fight because it was the most efficient technique to use."

Hindsight being 20/20, Mir regrets the delay TRT caused him in finding a true solution to his issue.

"The good thing would have been if TRT hadn't been an option. I would have probably got the solution that I came to now sooner."

Mir faces Antonio Silva Feb. 22 in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Mir in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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