Forrest Griffin was granted a TUE for TRT for UFC 148; Tito livid


Larry Pepe, Creator & Host of Pro MMA Radio, broke the news that Forrest Griffin was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), for his bout vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 148.

Larry Pepe ‏@LarryPepe
NSAC's Keith Kizer informed me that Forrest Griffin fought Tito Ortiz at UFC 148 with a therapeutic use exemption for TRT.

Both Forrest and Chael blood tested within normal limits for testosterone in pre-fight tests and a post-fight test on Sunday morning.

I think it is safe to say that Tito will not respond well, particularly in retirement fight.

Did not break any rules. Applied for TRT, satisfied commission needed

I believe that the negatives outweigh the positives of granting TUE's for TRT at this point

Amazing that not taking TRT is becoming admirable!

Disproportionate % of MMA fighters w/ low T or the system is being gamed by some fighters. Hard to argue otherwise

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Griffin now becomes the sixth fighter granted a TUE by the NSAC. The other five are Todd Duffee, Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, Shane Roller, and Chael Sonnen.

Griffin do not test positive for any Performance Enhancing or recreational Drugs.

As predicted, Tito Ortiz is upset about the news, as he was about the decision, and Joe Rogan.

Tito Ortiz ‏@titoortiz
Never knew a fight can be won by strikes thrown. I feel sorry for my fans.
9:32 PM, July 11

Funny hearing the commentating @joerogan's hand must of been sore from stroking Forrest during fight. Joe may need 2get glasses instead of hair plugs. Crazy how my quads aren't sore from kicks. But my shins are from checking.
9:55 PM, July 11

@ForrestGriffin sorry to hear you had to use #steroids to beat me! Wait or try to beat me. @ForrestGriffin = #cheater lol. Have a good day!
2:08 PM, July 13

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Foos site profile image  

7/16/12 8:14 PM by Foos

Perhaps TRT isn't the problem then. It's the commissions allowing guys to still compete even though they are failing their tests

GladiatorGannon site profile image  

7/16/12 4:03 PM by GladiatorGannon

 And regarding the 4 pre-fight tests - Marquardt repeatredly flunked the prefight tests with supranormal test levels, and repeatedly got second chances...BECAUSE he was on TRT and had built in excuses for each fail. If a non TUE athlete came up with the same scores, they would have been deep sixed immediately.

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7/16/12 3:57 PM by GladiatorGannon

Except I'm not comparing cheating vs. TRT, I'm comparing cheating AND TRT vs either one alone...and it's more effective. "Cycling off" during the worst part of you weight cut doesn't sound like a lot of fun to me. TRT would protect these athletes from any kind of pre-fight crash. 

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7/16/12 3:14 PM by Ludelow

suppose sonnen and THE REEM had a TUE, would they get a suspension for being above the levels?

rundymc site profile image  

7/16/12 1:54 AM by rundymc

They're subject to four pre-fight blood tests, at least in Nevada.*smacks headAnd this too.

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7/16/12 1:52 AM by rundymc

Well two things:-The NSAC (at least) seems to be starting up random testing. A guy with a TUE would, conceivably, be among your first candidates since you know he's using.-There are well-known ways to beat the piss test (Google should turn up a few). It's much easier than the isotope test employed in TUE cases. As such, if you know what you're doing, you can juice during training camp as well.Even without some of the piss-test beating tricks, cycling off at the right time during a camp should allow for clean test results and comparable benefits to using TRT-type doses (ok, I have no idea if that last sentence is accurate, lol).

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7/16/12 1:42 AM by rundymc

Using synth test in the context of TRT is legal with a TUE. You're just nitpicking his post.

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7/15/12 11:33 PM by Poop Doodle

"He was injected with TRT"LOL

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7/15/12 11:29 PM by jbapk

Are the tests random or does the fighter have time to prepare for them?What exactly do they test for, are there allowances above certain limits for them, can you fail one and still pass the others, etc?How far out from the fight are they allowed? If a fighter doesn't have a fight scheduled are they getting tested?

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7/15/12 10:54 PM by GladiatorGannon

 That's still not an argument against a cheater still getting a TUE. That's 4 tests where he was protected from the T/E ratio test, and possibly protected from some other test abnormalities as well.