Testosterone replacement therapy seems to be all anyone is talking about recently. Brandon Vera, who will soon be fighting an opponent undergoing the treatment, has been the most recent fighter to speak up concerning the hot button issue.
Vera will be facing Ben Rothwell at UFC 164. Rothwell has been approved for a therapeutic use exemption for TRT for the event.
Vera understands why some fighters might want to use it, but adds that he believes that low testosterone levels are simply a result of a fighter training hard.
“I think the whole thing with TRT, I understand it, but if it’s good for one, it should be good for all,” Vera said. “I don’t know how that scaling goes or what the testosterone level is and stuff. I know my testosterone level during one camp was at 250 [nanograms per deciliter], but I think you eat up all your testosterone during camp if you’re training two or three times a day.”
Vera elaborated that the normal range for testosterone in men is above 300, although his levels dropped well below that when training. He added that this was not due to any sort of medical ailment.
He isn’t interested in debating the legitimacy of the practice though, he simply wants to fight.
“I’m not making the rules,” Vera said. “That’s some political bullshit.”
UFC 164 will take place on August 31, 2013 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It will air live on PPV, with the prelims happening on FOX Sports 1.