White: I’m going to start fighting it 100 percent
With the controversy surrounding Vitor Belfort's lattest win over Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7, it seems as though testosterone replacement therapy has become the new hot topic up for debate in MMA, and one Dana White sees as a huge problem for the sport.
In the past, the UFC President has stated that he found the treatment 'fair' and 'legal', however, while in London for the UFC on Fuel TV 7 weigh-ins, White offered a new stance on on the subject:
“TRT has become a way for people to cheat," said White. "If this is what your normal level should be and then you have guys training at huge levels for their whole camp then tapering down to get to normal levels before the fucking fight, that’s cheating, and I don’t like it anymore.”
“There are plenty of guys in the UFC that are naturally gifted and talented fighters. If you’re testosterone levels are too low then you’re probably too old to be fighting, stop fighting! “
“We can test everybody. I’m telling you right now, if you are using testosterone replacement therapy, get ready motherf@$%ers because we’re going to test the s#!* out of you.”
“Some things recently have lead me to believe that people are f@$%ing cheaters, people are taking good things and turning it into a bad thing and if you want to play those games then guess what, we’ll play!”
“There’s so much s#!* out there. Right now there’s banned substances and we follow the regulations and we’re going after the banned substances, TRT was never one of them and they would be tested leading up to the fight to make sure the levels are good. If you’re on TRT now, you’re going to wish you weren’t. We’re going to test the living shit out of you.”
“You have guys that go in there 100% natural with his talent and natural ability, against someone on TRT, basically someone thats on steroids. I’m absolutely 100% against TRT and now I’m going to start fighting it 100 percent with the athletic commissions and I want nothing to do with it.”
Look at the names of fighters who have been known TRT users: Chael Sonnen. Nate Marquardt. Dan Henderson. Forrest Griffin. Frank Mir. Rampage Jackson. And now Belfort. Simply put, those are huge names in the sport putting something into their body that does not naturally belong there to gain a leg up in competition.
Dana White has no doubt seen what steroids have done to MLB. He's seen how stars like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds have fallen so far from grace in the public's eye. Currently, he's no doubt in the know of Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun's latest troubles. It is because of cases like this that much of the perception of the sport of baseball has shifted from amazement to uncertainty, a view White certainly wants no where close to MMA.
White's latest proclamation to combat this new form of doping is perhaps his way of protecting the MMA and it's stars, which is a great sign considering the sport is still growing. In the coming months and year, it will interesting to see how known users respond, as well as the UFC brass.
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