It’s not hard to find a critic when it comes to the practice of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The treatment is seen by many as a means of cheating and has even drawn fire from UFC President Dana White with the outspoken executive promising to crack down on those who abuse it in his company.
While the controversy surrounding TRT is understandable, one person who doesn’t have a problem with it happens to be fighting a well-known user tonight at UFC 157. Light heavyweight Lyoto Machida was asked about opponent Dan Henderson’s association with TRT earlier this week at the event’s open workouts and shrugged off his adversary having any sort of advantage because of it.
“Everybody has their own reasons for using it. I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. I’m a fighter. If the UFC says it’s okay, I think it’s good,” said Machida to media. “He is old, but he’s still good. He’s still strong. He’s beaten a lot of guys. He can still compete at a high level.”
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Henderson has a more legitimate claim to needing testosterone than many of his peers at 42 years old, though some might argue the natural effects of aging as they relate to diminished testosterone should be a factor in any athlete’s career.
He and Machida will serve as the co-headliner at this evening’s show with the winner going on to fight for the divisional title at some point in 2013.
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