Mixed Martial Artists seeking an exemption for Testosterone Replacement Therapy in California will now have to jump through a few hoops in order to get approved thanks to a change in attitude from the State’s athletic commission. Though fighters who have already been approved will be grandfathered in, the CAC will not clear new applicants until revising its policies on the controversial practice.
MMAJunkie confirmed the change with CAC head Andy Foster who explained the idea is to only hand TRT exemptions to competitors who have a natural testosterone deficiency rather than one brought on by factors like stress and drug abuse.
While the updated approach to TRT will certainly be welcomed by most fans, fighters, and promoters, it will likely have a minimal effect on the UFC despite the brand’s status as the sport’s premier organization. The UFC has only held a single show in California this year and has none scheduled for the next few months.