UFC president Dana White has come to believe that the system to grant Therapeutic Use Exemptions for athletes with natually low levels of testosterone to undergo Testosterone Replacement Therapy is being abused. White believes fighters are ramping up their testosterone levels during training, and then scaling it back to acceptable levels right before a fight when they are tested. He plans to combat that by testing fighters who have been granted a TUE throughout their training.
Among the many fighters who will applaud the stance is Tom "Kong" Watson, who pointedly brought the issue up in the Octagon, immediately following his knockout win over Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on FUEL TV 7 Saturday night.
"You see the size of the man," said Watson, referring to his opponent. "There is an epidemic in MMA right now - TRT. I want to call out anybody who is on testosterone, any drugs. Get in here and fight me next. All I've got is heart, this is all I've got."
Watson continued at the post-fight press conference.
"People can disagree with me all they want," said Watson. "I'm in the industry. I fight, and I see it. I don't know if it's me, but I look at guys and you can see which guys are on it. It's a problem that we're trying to deal with. That's why I said if you want to do it, you can't put it into your chin, and you certainly can't put it into your heart.
"That's the type of fighter I am – I've got a big heart. If you want to take drugs and you want to be a cheat, let me fight you and let's see what happens."
White was equally unequivocai, and he has the power not just to make an example of a single fighter, but to change the entire industry.
"What I believe guys are doing is jacking this stuff up through the roof through their entire training camp and getting back down to normal levels right before the fight, which is cheating," said White. "I hate it. I don't like it, and I'm going to fight it."
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