Lavar Johnson was among the growing number of fighters controversially seeking out TRT therapy, and one of those who was penalized for reportedly misusing it.
On a recent episode of The MMA Hour, Johnson explained what happened, and why he was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 158.
“What happened was basically I was on TRT, I just didn’t disclose it to the athletic commission,” Johnson said. “It was my mistake. I was taking such little amounts; me and my doctor didn’t think anything was going to pop up, like it’s no big deal. I guess any time you’re taking any kind of testosterone it’s going to show on the test. So that’s basically what I got popped for.”
When asked why he didn’t apply for a therapeutic use exemption, Johnson replied that he thought the amounts he was taking were too low to necessitate one.
“I didn’t think it was going to show up,” he said. “I don’t know, it was a dumb mistake.”
Johnson also revealed that he began using TRT after his loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 146. He reported feeling fatigued and was unable to recover from his injuries.
“I was wondering what’s going on,” said Johnson. “So I went to the doctors, and got tested, and my testosterone levels were low. They thought they might help out with that, and that’s what I did.”
Unsurprisingly, Johnson added that he’s done with TRT for good.
“I just don’t even want to take the chance or anything,” he said. “I’m just going to ride out my career natural. If I get hurt, or if I can’t compete with these guys, then I just won’t fight.”
“A lot of people look down on it I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want people to think I need it to be a good fighter to compete with these guys. I’ve been knocking people out since I was like 14 years old. If I can’t compete, and I keep getting injured, then I’ll just be done.”
Johnson was cut from the UFC after his loss to Schaub. He was recently signed by Bellator though, and will debut later tonight at Bellator 102.