UFC President Dana White may be one of the most powerful men in MMA but that doesn’t mean he always gets his way. For example, White has spoken about the problem with performance enhancing drugs in the sport on countless occasions, especially relating to the slippery slope created by Testosterone Replacement Therapy, but has been largely unable to do anything based on athletic commissions allowing the controversial practice.
However, it appears White has had enough of TRT tainting his company’s clashes and plans on instituting a few changes in the immediate future aimed at weeding out any fighters trying to cheat the system. The outspoken executive ranted on the matter during a Q&A session with fans in England, taking inspiration from the movie Network in essentially stating he’s mad as hell and isn’t going to take it anymore. (Thanks to CagedInsider for the transcription)
“TRT has become a way for people to cheat. If this is what your normal level should be and then you have guys training at huge levels for their whole camp then tapering down to get to normal levels before the f*cking fight, that’s cheating, and I don’t like it anymore,” said White. “There are plenty of guys in the UFC that are naturally gifted and talented fighters. If you’re testosterone levels are too low then you’re probably too old to be fighting, stop fighting!”
As far as how he plans to address the issue, White put it as simply as possible, stating, “We can test everybody.”
“I’m telling you right now, if you are using testosterone replacement therapy, get ready motherf*ckers because we’re going to test the sh*t out of you. Some things recently have led me to believe that people are f*cking cheaters, people are taking good things and turning it into a bad thing and if you want to play those games then guess what, we’ll play,” he continued, almost frothing at the mouth. “If you’re on TRT now, you’re going to wish you weren’t. We’re going to test the living shit out of you. You have guys that go in there 100% natural with his talent and natural ability, against someone on TRT, basically someone that’s on steroids. I’m absolutely 100 percent against TRT and now I’m going to start fighting it 100 percent with the athletic commissions and I want nothing to do with it.”
Many of the UFC’s biggest stars have admitted to TRT use including Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, and Dan Henderson. Of the group, only Henderson is over 40, while Sonnen and Belfort have both been suspended for testosterone-related issues in the past.
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