It isn’t difficult to find Mixed Martial Artists opposed to the practice of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, especially when it comes to those under the age of 30. In general, most fighters tend to feel TRT provides a competitive advantage to peers who might otherwise be unable to compete based on the dwindling amount of testosterone attached to increased age. However, while he may not possess a popular opinion, a surprising advocate for TRT has stepped forward in the form of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo.
Aldo spoke about the subject with TATAME, explaining he didn’t have an issue with TRT as long testosterone limits were being adhered to.
“I don’t see the problem with using TRT. Everybody uses (steroids), from the champion to the newcomer,” said Aldo in a conversation translated by MMAFighting. “I believe we (from Nova Uniao) are the only ones that don’t do that, because Andre Pederneiras has always been against steroids. I think it’s wrong to criticize someone who came forward and said they take TRT.”
The 26-year old then took things one step further by accusing a UFC Hall of Famer of likely relying on chemical assistance to keep his career going, admitting he too would do the same if need be.
“Randy Couture fought until he was 50, and you say he was clean? If the doctors prescribe it for you and you’re within the limits, I see no problem,” concluded Aldo. “If I need it one day, I will use TRT too.”
Couture never tested positive for any banned substance or enhanced testosterone though he has spoken out in support of individuals having the right to use TRT if necessary and prescribed by a physician.
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