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Forrest Griffin Doesn’t See Why TRT is a Big Deal

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(Forrest Griffin lands a headkick on Rashad Evans, photo via UFC.com)

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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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.
  • Haad Thehaad Naqvi

    ”Your kids take Ritalin? They’re doing that to cheat in school.” hah right on Forrest!

    I’m in agreement with him. This whole article has accepted the premise ”Performance enhancing drugs should be forbidden.” A questionable premise from the get-go when telling grown adults what to do-because some athletic commission and fan has to live with the consequences and not the fighter or athlete right? But the added factor-people have been able to abuse TRT due to the LOW risks! In other words ”What was the issue again?” If the risk is low that should already be enough for the messed up anti-performance enhancers for professionals arguement(which says it is in the interest of health). Look at what studies say about runners and the link between intense running (over 20 miles per week at ages averageing 40) and heart disease, should we ban running? The health risks are already being put on the line the miniute you start training three times a day-say what you want the ody wasn’t built to get stronger three times a day and include taking half powered blows to the head while doing it-MMA is far more dangerous than TRT.