Something Has To Be Done About TRT In MMA
Testosterone Replacement Therapy has been a heavily debated issue in MMA. For me personally it is simple, are they using synthetic testosterone? If the answer is yes, then they are cheaters unless there is a medical condition which does not allow their bodies to produce testosterone such as hypogonadism.
What the majority of these athletes are doing is taking advantage of a loophole in the rules. They are using TRT because their bodies do not produce testosterone anymore, but why? In most cases, it is because they have abused steroids for so long that their bodies do not produce it naturally.
Vitor Belfort is probably one of the most talked about fighters when it comes to this form of therapy. There have been drastic changes in Vitor’s physique and abilities in the octagon between his twenties and late thirties.
Vitor Belfort used steroids in his past and is now riding the TRT train. He walks around with his holier than now BS trying to justify his use of TRT. Saying things like, “It makes the fight fair”, or “I am not doing anything illegal.”
Vitor likes to say that his body is getting older, and it just does not produce enough testosterone anymore, when the reality is that he did steroids, and now his body just does not produce testosterone naturally.
He would like us all to believe that TRT in no way enhances a fighter’s performance that all the advancements are a result of hard work in the gym. I do not doubt that all of these fighters are working hard in the gym. That is one of the advantages of elevated levels of testosterone. It allows them to work out harder and for longer periods of time, recover faster from hard workouts, makes them stronger, faster and more aggressive. Yeah, I don't doubt that all that time in the gym has made them better.
When has Vitor ever looked as solid and shredded as he does now? When has he ever been as nimble and athletic as he is now? When has he ever ended a fight with a roundhouse and spinning heel kick? Never, that is when.
This is just not the way the human body works. Fighters do not just get more athletic, quick and agile in their late thirties. That just does not happen. The male body begins to slow down. It can not recover the way it used to it just gets slower. They lose some power, their reflexes slowdown they are just not the same athlete as they were in their mid twenties.
Do not get me wrong there are certain aspects of a fighter's game that do improve with age; they get more crafty, their techniques become crisper, and they become a lot more intelligent in the octagon, but they lose some athleticism. They do not start knocking guys out with explosive spinning techniques when they never had that athleticism.
This needs to be taken care of by the UFC, and the commissions because it is getting way out of control, and fighters are taking advantage of it. It has become a “legal” way for them to use steroids, without worrying about repercussions.
Fighters using TRT are robbing clean fighters of opportunity. It reminds me of when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were battling for the home run title and both of them were on steroids. Fans remember them but what about poor Ken Griffey who was putting up huge numbers but getting no recognition because of these two juice monkeys. The same thing is happening in the UFC, and something has to be done because it is getting out of hand.