Lavar Johnson discusses TRT suspension


Lavar Johnson, 36, appeared on Monday's The MMA Hour, and discussed his suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for elevated levels of testosterone following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157. The fight was not crowd pleasing, and the loss was his second in a row. Johnson was subsequently released by the UFC.

"What happened was basically I was on TRT, I just didn’t disclose it to the athletic commission," said Johnson. "It was my mistake. I was taking such little amounts; me and my doctor didn’t think anything was going to pop up, like it’s no big deal. I guess any time you’re taking any kind of testosterone it’s going to show on the test. So that’s basically what I got popped for."

When asked why he didn't apply for a Testosterone Use Exemption, as several fighters have, Johnson replied candidly.

"I didn’t think it was going to show up," he said. "I don’t know, it was a dumb mistake."

Use of testosterone began following a loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 146 on May 26, 2012, as he suffered from fatigue and injuries during fight camps.

"I was wondering what’s going on," said Johnson. "So I went to the doctors, and got tested, and my testosterone levels were low. They thought they might help out with that, and that’s what I did."

He went on to say that he is done with TRT.

"I just don’t even want to take the chance or anything," said Johnson. "I’m just going to ride out my career natural. If I get hurt, or if I can’t compete with these guys, then I just won’t fight.

"A lot of people look down on it I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want people to think I need it to be a good fighter to compete with these guys. I’ve been knocking people out since I was like 14 years old. If I can’t compete, and I keep getting injured, then I’ll just be done."

Following his release by the UFC, Johnson was picked up by Bellator. He will fight Vinicius Queiroz at Bellator 102 on Oct. 4.

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lbrench101 site profile image  

10/2/13 7:23 PM by lbrench101

I've just turned 23 undefeated MMA as an amateur in MMA and boxing and going pro early next year and I was constantly feeling terrible and worn out after training sessions even though my diet is very clean and I sleep well. Went to my doctor told him about it and he did full blood work on me, turned out for my age my test levels should be around 800-1000 and I was at 158, the test levels of a 55-60 year old man, he put me on TRT (went for once a week injection instead of daily cream) and got my levels to 750-770 which is where I'm keeping them, he wanted to raise the dosage to get me to 1000 but I told him no I would rather be at average or just below so it doesn't feel like I'm cheating, I've been on it about 13 weeks now and I'm just in a better mood day to day and I am no longer sluggish or under the weather! The problem is is when people take too much and there doctors just let them exceed normal amounts and because it's medically available they think it's ok, Lavar was obviously taking a lot more than he was supposed to and he paid the price!

Leghound site profile image  

10/2/13 7:09 PM by Leghound

Well he looks like Todd Duffee, and Todd had low T, so yes!

Devlin site profile image  

10/2/13 6:57 PM by Devlin

So he was secretly injecting test and hoping it wasnt going up.on the commisions tests.Isnt that what steroid users do, like literally identical, i like him but call bullshit on.failure to.disclose, he was injecting test and got caught.

3rdLion site profile image  

10/2/13 6:44 PM by 3rdLion

Does this 260lb giant look like a man with low testosterone? Quit the bullshit and get off whatever else you're cycling with your test.

circa305 site profile image  

10/2/13 6:23 PM by circa305

Not buying that at all.

subwrassler site profile image  

10/2/13 4:43 PM by subwrassler

I thought this was going to be a Lamar Jackson interview

fraz1001 site profile image  

10/2/13 4:38 PM by fraz1001

He came across really badly in that interview on Ariel's show......he's not fooling anyone with his apparent naïveté

Team GDP site profile image  

10/2/13 4:32 PM by Team GDP

so he was juicing but he didn't think he would be caught so he didn't disclose it. wow. lavar the reason you have to disclose is so you can get approval(not that it means much anyways)

OnlyTheStrongSurvive site profile image  

10/2/13 3:00 PM by OnlyTheStrongSurvive

I'm sure the losing streak and incredibly boring loss had nothing to do with it.

epwar site profile image  

10/2/13 2:43 PM by epwar

Fired for the exact same thing Chael got rewarded for (failed to disclose TRT use, testing over the limit).  Well, except Chael was 10x what Johnson tested over for.  Gotta love the UFC!