Man the people here are on one extreme or the other. First of all there are plenty of people out there (old and young)who have severe low test which can affect them in a variety of ways negatively. I agree also that it is a loophole and some people obviously abuse it. I think its dumb though to call someone a cheater if they have documented low T by someone reputable and use it, when I'm sure there's a favorite fighter of yours out there who knows how to cycle correctly and uses straight up gear during training and hasn't gotten caught.
I have no problem with people outside of professional sports who use TRT bc they have low testosterone levels as a result of being elderly, having testicular cancer etc.
I've said this before in other threads and I'll say it again, TRT is not meant for alpha male UFC fighters in the prime of their lives. I don't care what their testosterone levels are at, they should not be allowed to use it.
What's next gene therapy to increase the number of fast twitch muscle fibers an athlete has so they can perform with a higher level of strength and agility?
If you cannot naturally produce what you need to in order to compete, then you are not cut out to compete anymore or to begin with.
I personally believe that TRT doesn't even give a fighter a huge advantage over the other. Skills far outweigh any drug you can take, but when Fighter A and Fighter B are completely at the same level and Fighter B is taking a PED, Fighter B is probably going to get the W.
Additionally, This is a loop hole and allowance of any PED including TRT (even if it is only bringing levels back to when you were a young buck) is a slippery slope.
Also, **** you beardsley for the neg rep and your comment "TRT is not a steroid". You uneducated P.O.S. TRT is testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone is the naturally produced STEROID in mammals you dumbass.
What you are referring to is called anabolic steroids, but you are too ignorant to be able to distinguish between the two. Thanks for the tip though.
I don't understand the point of view of those who look negatively at testosterone replacement. No matter how many of their opinions I read, the pro-trt argument holds a lot more logic. Of course it can be abused, but that's why it is monitored.
I'll keep reading both sides of the argument since I am no expert, but the argument seems lob-sided to me. (Which is probably why it happens to be not only legal, but encouraged by doctors.)
Right there is nothing better then injecting yourself with testosterone to get on back to the days when you were a better athlete and recovered from workouts more quickly, were more explosive and energetic.
From a fan's perspective, Why not? The athlete will be able to compete longer than they really should and let's face it, I have no vested interest in their personal well being. Go ahead and entertain for years further than you should.
Is that your angle?
Decreased testosterone production as you age in the natural process that occurs in humans. Why are we trying to combat that natural aging process? So I can see a fighter get a couple more fights under his belt? So I can see him being able to compete with younger guys that he really shouldn't be able to compete with anymore if he was all natural? So he can earn more money by abusing the system?
I'm confused what the up side of this is?
BTW Dana (who I find very hit and miss with a lot of issues, so I hate using him to support my argument, but I will) also hates TRT and thinks it's an absolute loop hole in the system.
That's why he fired Nate Marquardt's ass, who has been one of my favourite fighters until I found out about it.