Chael Sonnen has given MMA fans a sneak peak into what former TRT users can expect now that the controversial treatment has been banned by multiple athletic commissions.
Speaking to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Sonnen highlighted what his life will now be like sans-TRT. “The best way to describe is that it is a completely terrible, horrible feeling,” Sonnen said. “This is a medicine and it’s medicine I need to live normally on a day-to-day basis. People say it is a performance enhancer, and there are a lot of things guys can take to enhance performance. But testosterone is more than a performance enhancer for me. It is a life enhancer.
Sonnen further broke down how TRT has rejuvenated his life. “My life is better,” Sonnen said. “My attitude is better. I have more energy. I need less sleep. It makes me feel better in many different regards. It makes me a better husband and a better neighbor and a better pet owner. I understand the abuse, but this is a medicine that helps people with a problem.”
While the NSAC’s initial ruling is detrimental to Sonnen’s health, the fighter says he is not going to fight the ruling.”It puts me in a spot, because medically, I do need testosterone,” Sonnen said. “I have to look at this carefully, but they made no bones about it: It’s out. We all have to deal with that, whether we like it or not.”
Sonnen’s predicament will be something that all MMA fans will see develop in the coming months. In addition to Sonnen, high profile fighters like Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, and Frank Mir will have to deal with life without TRT. The detriments to each fighter’s health will vary, but it wouldn’t be surprising in the least to see a vast array of former TRT users retire within the next year. Also, Sonnen paints a very Utopian picture of TRT. If his life is that great with it but that horrible without it, why even try to compete further?
One fighter who did drop TRT and continue to compete was Nate Marquardt. Since stopping his use of TRT, Marquardt is just 1-3 with two brutal knockout losses. Could other former TRT users be in for the same rapid decline as Marquardt?
Only time will tell.
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