TRT doesn't need to be banned there are actually unhealthy people that need to use it to compete.
I have yet to see this case in MMA, most of them are just older guys or used steroids in the past or cut too much weight, and on top of it, they abuse it.
They use it just like any other PED where they admittedly cycle down on fight day but reap the benefits of super human training and preparation.
The idea that I shouldn't care that a guy like Nate Marquardt who used steroids and messed up his body, is basing his "innocence" on the fact that his extremely high T/E levels are trending downward and will be normal on fight time is literally hilarious. He admits that he's cheating the system and they actually unsuspend him for it.
You've made a few valid points and by agreeing with them I am literally contradicting my stance of not caring that they are on TRT in the first place.
Your last paragraph about Nate is a very good point but it strengthens my view that it should be banned. Using TRT leaves too many unanswered questions as to the main reason a fighter needs it. (Prior PED abuse, old age, a naturally unhealthy person...or a combo of all of the above.) As you mentioned, most of the guys who are on it were past users who abused one substance or another or fighters that are way past their primes. For example, I am a die hard Dan Henderson fan, and I don't consider him a cheater for taking TRT and remaining within the allowed limits, but in the spirit of pure competition, he should not be fighting anymore.
So this whole TRT thing is a clusterf**K in all seriousness. I am okay with it if a fighter stays within the limits and does not abuse it, but at the same time I'm against it because as I mentioned earlier it really leaves too many unanswered questions and therefore, I think it should be "
Now for some wishful thinking.
I wish we could find out how many fighters on TRT today in MMA, are fighters who genuinely have never abused any PEDS and are not past their primes by 5 or 7 years into their very late 30's and early 40's. I'd be willing to bet the number would be close to nil.