Dan Henderson talks using TRT since 2007

by Brett Okamoto | source: espn.go.com

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become a hot topic in mixed martial arts during the last 12 months. Often overlooked in the discussion is Dan Henderson, who’s been using the treatment for more than four years. Henderson was the first athlete to ever receive a therapeutic exemption for TRT in Nevada, prior to a fight against Wanderlei Silva in 2007.

“My levels were so low they were off the charts,” Henderson told ESPN.com. “I was always tired and getting sick a lot.

“I couldn’t even tell you [how to abuse it]. I’ve never gone above normal ranges. All I know is that I’m not as tired and I don’t get as sick as I used to.”

“I always (monitor my testosterone levels when not in competition) on my own just to cover my own ass."

“The only time people get monitored now is at the fights. I think it might be good to have stricter monitoring where people are getting tested throughout the year.”

Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada commission, is a strong proponent of allowing TRT when necessary.

“You don’t want to stop an athlete from doing it if he’s got a legitimate chemical deficiency,” Kizer said. “In situations where they need it to live a healthy, long life, maybe have kids, whatever, you don’t want to take that away.

“But, it is fair that the burden falls on them to prove they need it and that they are following it.”

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UnderTheClock site profile image  

7/18/11 6:18 PM by UnderTheClock

" 500 mg of test per week will put some hair on your balls boys" and an increased risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. The level of activity of mma fighters is nowhere near to where they would so disproportionately have levels of 70 year old guys.  Let's get serious.

bhealthy site profile image  

7/18/11 5:03 PM by bhealthy


knuckleballs site profile image  

7/18/11 10:35 AM by knuckleballs

Wow, all those olympic wrestlers at team quest have low testosterone. It sounds like it's contagious. Maybe, they should hire a better person to clean the mats.

bhealthy site profile image  

7/18/11 10:00 AM by bhealthy

but its good to know that if your 98 lb. weakling mate ever has beef wit you, he can do get TRT, PCP, HGH, EPO and 6 months of sprawl training, so that he may exact his barand of justice on that ass. forgoing the charles atlas program at the back of comic books.

bhealthy site profile image  

7/18/11 10:00 AM by bhealthy

may he get his pound of flesh. he may need it to replace his balls

FenceGrab site profile image  

7/18/11 4:00 AM by FenceGrab

Testing 12x a year should be mandatory for UFC level fighters

Masakatsu Funaki site profile image  

7/18/11 3:56 AM by Masakatsu Funaki

What happened to RickMartelsArrogance? He disappeared.

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7/18/11 2:16 AM by BlazinAsian

Agree with WhiteWhale.What about a high school kid with below normal Test for his age? He may have enough to start puberty but not enough to be "naturally" athletic. You know, the guy who's always last on the runs in PE or failing the PE fitness test. So should he get TRT? Or do we let "nature" take its course, and he joins the chess club or the debate team?Even IF it's from "elite level training", the low test is likely your body telling you it's time retire. And just allowing TRT so you can do more elite level training is just going to eventually break your body down further. Let alone expose you to more fights as your reflexes diminish. At some point, it's just time to stop training 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, doing super sets, intervals, full contact sparring, etc. At some point, it's just time to circuit train, do steady state aerobic cardio, roll lightly, and just hit the mits. It is not like an athlete doesn't know he'll be past his athletic peak at age 35 and better plan for life after the sport.

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7/17/11 10:24 PM by WhiteWhale

hendo is prob my fav fighter but im sick of this TRT shitmy mate has low test, guess what he cant fight for shiti have naturally high levels and am bigger, stronger more agroso should he get TRT shots to bring him up to my level?no he is not as made out for fighting, simple

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7/17/11 9:59 PM by themmaexpert

I'm all for TRT, the ones I used in the past, have a long list. In one order I had DECA, Winstrol, TEST E and they were pushing me to do 500mg test and 250 deca a week. I told them ok, but Only did 250 test and didnt even take the rest.