TRT might still be an extremely controversial (albeit legal) process, but it seems more and more fighters are seeking it out. Former Bellator champion (and recent reality TV star) Joe Warren is the most recent to do so, and the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation has reported that he has applied for a TRT therapeutic use exemption.
Strangely though, Warren denied the application in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com, although he said he was open to the idea.
“It’s something I haven’t even experimented with yet,” he said in the aftermath of his Bellator 101 comeback win. “It’s all doctors talking with me and my family physicians. So it’s something I’m open minded to, but I’m just not knowledgeable about it enough yet to even talk about it.
“But yeah, we were thinking about getting a little more in depth into it, but my fight was so close that I didn’t want to mess with my body.”
According to the Mohegan tribe’s athletic director Mike Mazzulli though, Warren not only applied for a TUE, it was accepted.
“That’s completely incorrect,” Mazzulli said. “I received a TUE from him. I accepted a TUE. It was all filled out by his doctors.”
Mazzulli was also the one who refused to clear Warren for his Bellator 98 bout, pending an MRI.
Whether or not he was approved for TRT though, Warren isn’t sure if he’ll use it.
“It’s a health issue,” he said. “I’m 37. I feel young. I’ve never had surgeries. I’ve never been hurt. But it’s just not something from an Olympic standard that you think about. It’s legal, but it’s something I’m not knowledgeable about enough yet to talk about.
“It’s something I’m looking into. I have seen doctors, have them done everything with me. But I’m not to the point yet where I’ve stepped into it.”