Fan backlash forces Franklin to rethink TRT

by Brett Okamoto | source:

Rich Franklin is a prime candidate to receive testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). At 38, he’s at an age where his natural testosterone levels inevitably decline. He’s sore in the morning when he wakes up and his recovery time is noticeably longer.

Franklin, though, says he is not on TRT for his fight against Cung Le on Nov. 10, which will headline the UFC on Fuel event in Macau, China.

For the record, Franklin holds no personal feelings against TRT. It’s legal.

However, when he initially mentioned during an interview months ago he would consider TRT, the response from fans on his Twitter and Facebook accounts was venomous.

“The public perception of TRT is that it’s cheating,” Franklin told “The moment I said I was actually thinking about it, I started getting quite a bit of backlash.”

“I don’t believe I’ve dropPED off with my speed or strength or any of that,” Franklin said. “You can’t look at my last fight and say, ‘Yeah, Rich has lost a step and is looking older.’

“When that day comes, perhaps I will consider quitting or possibly taking TRT. More than likely, in my mind, I’ll choose retirement over the necessity of TRT to continue.”

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UGCTT_Winnson site profile image  

10/24/12 1:51 PM by UGCTT_Winnson

If you don't take every advantage available, you're going to have a bad time.

john joe site profile image  

10/24/12 8:38 AM by john joe

as for 'who and what' i guess i can only say nature or 'the natural order of things'. Everything has a predator and diseases that it is vulnerable to. Its like a check/balance against rampant overpopulation.

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10/23/12 7:02 PM by WidespreadPanic

Uh, no, maybe over 50. If you listen to the Victor Conte interview he mentions that one side effect of being "hit in the head", is damage to the pituitary gland and this can cause a drop in testosterone. I think this may be the prevalent cause of lower T in fighters in the UFC. Also HELL YEAH it's cheating!

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10/23/12 6:06 PM by thatsme

Let's be clear. TRT is only LEGAL via a doctor prescription. The UFC, NBA or whatever, are private companies and ban anything they want.

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10/23/12 4:11 PM by Wanking in me Mums knickers

So, correct me if I am mistaken, Rich basically says if he had just kept quiet about it and not caught the 'fans backlash', he'd totally be willing for trt?

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10/23/12 4:10 PM by cheesesteak


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10/23/12 3:13 PM by fightharder

Always the perennial gentlemen. But the opinion of fans should be absolutely moot in this question. It is very easy to by holier then thou about TRT when you are not a professional athelete in their 30's.   Personally i absolutely do not have problems with TRT at all. I rather see fighters have the same level of testosterone,even if this takes the human touch. How is it more fair to have fighters with different levels of testosterone competing against each other just because one of them was born that way. Its still not a levelled playing field. Since TRT really does nothing more then repair the imbalance of an unequal playing field i think it should be made mandatory for fighters over a certain age.   But more importantly. Nor i nor most fans cannot really make a well informed judgement about these things. We are neither professional atheletes depending careerwise and financially and decisions regarding things like TRT. So yes we can have an opinion but judging fighters for either taking or refusing TRT is simply not our place at all.   Hope the ignorance stops whatever decision Franklin takes. 

orcus site profile image  

10/23/12 2:26 PM by orcus

"no im just saying that when you imply "we are not supposed to have diseases" actually we are supposed to have them. If we can counteract them etc then great but yes, we are 'supposed' to have them. There is a natural purpose to them, they arent some arbitrary biblical evil that were imposed on us for no reason" There is no "natural purpose" to diseases, and how have you concluded we are "supposed" to have them? You said earlier "population control", as though someone or something uses disease to control population to some end. What end? Who or what uses disease to accomplish it?

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10/23/12 2:18 PM by TheRaider