Vitor Belfort might be getting all of the heat for it right now, but there’s a growing list of UFC fighters getting permission to undergo testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT). According to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, heavyweight Ben Rothwell’s TRT exemption application has been approved for UFC 164.
There’s been no word yet on why Rothwell needed a therapeutic use exemption for TRT. While Rothwell was unavailable for comment, his UFC 164 opponent Brandon Vera replied to the news by simply stating, “It won’t help.”
Former heavyweight champion Frank Mir has also received a therapeutic use exemption for TRT for the event, something he was previously approved for at UFC 146.
Ben Rothwell is coming off of a loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC on FX: Belfort vs Bisping. He is currently 2-3 in his UFC career, and a win over the Vera would really help to establish his position in the division. He holds a 32-9 MMA record overall.
Frank Mir meanwhile is also in need of a win. After besting CroCop, Roy Nelson, and Big Nog, Mir has lost his last two, including a failed run at the title. He is currently ranked at #6 in the heavyweight division. He holds a 14-7 record in the UFC, and a 16-7 record overall.
Other fighters who have received TRT exemptions in the past include Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, and Chael Sonnen.
With the recent rise of TRT use in the UFC, Dana White has promised to take a much stricter approach to testing. In June, the California State Athletic Commission also put a hold on applications for TRT exemptions, pending further review.
UFC 164 will take place on August 31 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.