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Default Dana says UFC will no longer allow TRT, 'couldn't wait for that garbage to go away'



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By Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani on Feb 27 2014, 3:57p):
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Minutes after the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously approved a motion to ban the practice of awarding fighters a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the state, the Ultimate Fighting Championship followed suit.

UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com on Thursday that the UFC will no longer allow fighters to use TRT when fighting on cards in which the UFC serves as the governing body. That typically happens when the UFC holds events overseas in countries that do not have athletic commissions in place.

"We follow Nevada," White said.

White, who had been vocal recently about the dangers of TRT, expressed extreme satisfaction that the NSAC finally banned the controversial use of TRT.
"[I'm] pumped!" White wrote via text message. "Couldn't wait for that garbage to go away."

Last year, White announced that the promotion began randomly testing TRT users on its own prior to fights to ensure that the fighters were not abusing the therapy.

It remains to be seen whether the promotion will also refuse to allow fighters from using TRT in states, provinces or countries with athletic commissions who have not banned it.

Nevada's ban on TRT is effectively immediately, disallowing any past, present or future users from applying for a TUE.
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Old 02-28-2014, 04:25 PM
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wow .. that was pretty quick .. good for the ufc ... makes total sense .. now just hope other ac's will follow suit ...
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just hearing that brazil is following suit .. that throws a wrench in hendo vs rua II if true
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just hearing that brazil is following suit .. that throws a wrench in hendo vs rua II if true
I read Hendo gets the last exemption.
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I read Hendo gets the last exemption.
oh .. thanks for the update .. they must have already granted him his license im assuming ..
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I read Hendo gets the last exemption.
How long is this exemption good for...when does it expire for Hendo? And why did the UFC have to wait on Nevada before they banned use of TRT in the UFC? Why didn't they just say these are our rules if you want to fight in the UFC...period, no exceptions? Why don't they tell Hendo he can't fight for them until he's off the TRT?
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And what happened to, Dana saying, Vitor WILL fight in UFC 173 in vegas or "That will be a problem" So...what are they going to do with Vitor? Nothing...

http://www.mmaweekly.com/vitor-belfo...d-be-a-problem
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How long is this exemption good for...when does it expire for Hendo? And why did the UFC have to wait on Nevada before they banned use of TRT in the UFC? Why didn't they just say these are our rules if you want to fight in the UFC...period, no exceptions? Why don't they tell Hendo he can't fight for them until he's off the TRT?
It is just for this coming fight with Shogun. From what I understand is that you apply for the exemption along with your license to fight. Hendo had applied before they made this decision and they are going to grant him the exemption. This isn't a UFC rules issue, this is a commission issue and Brazil's ok'ed it. The UFC follows what the commissions tell them, just like the UFC isn't the ones drug testing the fighters. Also, Hendo is the headliner of a fight a month away....kinda hard to tell him to be clean and ready to go by then.

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Irish Pride And what happened to, Dana saying, Vitor WILL fight in UFC 173 in vegas or "That will be a problem" So...what are they going to do with Vitor? Nothing...

http://www.mmaweekly.com/vitor-belfo...d-be-a-problem
Vitor is supposedly getting the winner of Machida/Weidman. The whole issue is that Vitor hadn't applied for his license in Nevada yet, which there is always the possibility that they don't give him one. Vitor claims that the UFC removed him from the fight which seems to be confirmed by the UFC. Vitor took a drug test a couple of weeks ago and the results will not be revealed until he applies for his license. There is a chance that he won't get licensed and that screws everything up, so the UFC pulled him and put in Machida.

There is also some uncertainty of how he or any other on TRT are going to respond to going off of it completely. Chael used to state that he would pretty much die without it. While that is likely a stretch, no one knows how their bodies are going to respond.
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Ben posted a good article in the MMA section, "MMA testosterone exemptions high". It's long, but interesting read that ties in with this discussion. From what I read it sounds like the UFC has played a part in this TRT business; if true, that would give me my answer on the question I asked above about why didn't the UFC simply set the rule, "No TRT use in the UFC".
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