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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chael Sonnen says TRT ban may force him to quit UFC

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen says quitting the UFC may be a consideration because of the recent new rules about TRT.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced last week that they were no longer allowing TRT (testosterone replacement therapy). Most fighters who have low testosterone levels apply for therapeutic use exemptions to receive the treatment. It was viewed as a way of cheating because the TRT users were believed to be past steroid users whose testosterone levels were only low because of past steroid abuse. UFC boss Dana White said the UFC would try to do the same thing and move towards banning TRT.

When the NSAC first announced the move, Sonnen, who is a TRT user, said he would have to adjust. On Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Sonnen said matter-of-factly that quitting the sport altogether is an option.

“If it doesn’t work, I may have to stop the sport,” Sonnen said. “It’s as simple as that.”

Sonnen I think was saying that more to make a point about notorious TRT user Vitor Belfort needing to adjust rather than himself facing the end, but the point is clear. The TRT ban is a game-changer in MMA. No longer will fighters be able to turn to TRT as an anti-aging option once they get older. If they can’t get by without it, they’re toast.

H/T MMA Junkie

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