Former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin doesn’t understand why MMA fans are so harsh on TRT.
“Here’s what I don’t understand, What’s wrong with wanting to be better at your job?” Griffin told WHOA TV (transcribed by MMAFighting). “You only get one life. That’s it. I didn’t mean to have this ****** body with ****** genetics. I wanted a better one. I’ll be honest. I wanted to be much bigger, stronger and faster.”
According to Griffin, TRT isn’t a miracle drug that makes fighters great over night. It’s a drug that helps a fighter reach their full potential. “People think TRT’s for lazy people,” Griffin said. “No, you’re just trying to improve yourself. All the drugs in the world ain’t gonna turn a Chihuahua into a Pit bull. I could do all the TRT in the world and Jon Jones would beat my ass every day, all day, but I could be the best me.”
The fighter also believes that TRT is no different than any other prescription drugs, even going as far as comparing it to anti-depressants. “I don’t think people get it, so **** ’em,” Griffin said. “They take drugs just to stay happy. You take Prozac? Quit taking Prozac. No drugs but antibiotics. Don’t take drugs to improve yourself. Your kids take Ritalin? They’re doing that to cheat in school.”
Griffin’s comments further exploit the unfortunate view most fighters who use TRT have on the drug. They see TRT as no different than any other drug on the market and wonder why they come under huge scrutiny for using it. The truth is that most of them deserve ever ounce of criticism thrown their way. I fail to see how a man that’s barely over the age of 30 and competing as a professional athlete needs to have TRT for an extra boost.
What makes Griffin’s comments even more ridiculous is that he compares TRT to an anti-depressant like Prozac. Most people take Prozac because they are unable to make it through their day without getting depressed to the point that they cannot function. For the most part, fighters use TRT to either close the gap or gain a leg up on their competition.
Griffin is one of the sport’s most lovable characters, but his remarks on TRT will definitely lose him a few fans.
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