TRT is no more in the state of Nevada.
During a hearing Thursday morning, the Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted to ban TRT. The ban also extends to fighters who have received TRT exemptions in the past and is effective immediately.
Notable TRT users in the UFC include Frank Mir, Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva, Dan Henderson, and Vitor Belfort. Belfort is scheduled to challenge Chris Weidman for the UFC Middleweight title this May in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite the landmark article on TRT in MMA by ESPN, Bleacher Report’s Jeremy clarified to MMAFighting’s Luke Thomas that the motion had been written before today’s meeting.
@SBNLukeThomas Avansino wrote motion last week before story was published. Story had no effect.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 27, 2014
What the turn of events means for the scheduled Weidman/Belfort bout has yet to be seen, but the repercussions will be immediately felt throughout the sport. UFC President Dana White has stated that when the promotion commissions itself outside of the United States they use the same set of regulations as the stateside athletic commissions. With today’s ruling in Nevada, the UFC may also ban TRT use when they travel abroad.
Nevada has also been used as the poster child for Athletic Commissions. Usually whatever rules Nevada passes, other commissions follow. Nevada’s ban on TRT may lead to more Athletic Commissions taking the same stance on the controversial treatment.
The UFC later released a statement in support of this new ban:
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”
The UFC will now be holding this standard for international regulations as they govern over their own testing. This could lower the amount of testing as fighters who applied and acquired TUE’s were tested to make sure they weren’t abusing the exemption.
Either way, this could be a good start to the year but we will have to wait and see what comes next in terms of weeding out other PED’s and how well these new bans are enforced.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
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