Kizer: Belfort would not be granted a TRT exemption in Nevada

by Damon Martin |

I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us," Kizer told Bleacher Report.  "I really don't and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he's trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that."

Kizer points at a fighter like Chael Sonnen when speaking about the hoops a fighter with a past suspension on their record for performance enhancing drugs would jump through to gain an exemption in Nevada.

Sonnen never tested positive for steroids like Belfort, but he was suspended in 2010 after his testosterone levels came back over the legal limit for his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117.  Sonnen was a user of TRT at that time and continues to be to this day, but when he applied for his exemption in 2012 before his rematch with Silva he had to appear before a formal hearing in Nevada to be able to use the product prior to his fight.

"He handled himself well and some people handle themselves well," said Kizer.  "Some guys are going to have to jump through some additional hoops, but even Chael wasn't a prior steroid (user) that could have caused the deficiency like Vitor."

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ChiTown Philly site profile image  

3/6/13 2:13 PM by ChiTown Philly

So if vitor isn't getting one than I would hope the same for Overeem

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3/6/13 2:01 PM by mark22

But god loves testosterone.

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3/6/13 2:01 PM by fightharder

Only Brazil for Vitor then.I will be curious to see if Overeem gets examption. You would think that he wont but he never really conclusively tested for steroids so he might yet get to use TRT.People really should just accept the inevitable and make there peace with a PED in sport. Yes regulated but stop the whole cruisade. The hypocrisy is attached is simple silly.

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3/6/13 1:56 PM by MattyECB

That's another thing, the range of T levels that an adult should have is quite flexible, and journals differ in what they consider lower than normal;pathological and actually significant;and finally a level of T that's flat out unhealthy for normies, and actually dangerous for fighters.Because of that, and the lack of attention / understanding, you could get people like Marquardt -- who are fully within healthy range, but at the lower end of the window, and use TRT to not only jack up their T levels to the highest legal level, but even above this between testing. I think the answer is a mixture of either limiting TUEs to certain age of fighters or younger fighters that have a very obvious medical condition -- besides I'm feel sleepy and cranky lolCombined with constant testing to ensure T levels never depart from the allowed physiological-window, and the adoption of a more stringent window, i.e. push the floor to qualify for TRT much lower, and the ceiling of your max amount much lower....If you're T levels are super low, I don't think you should be allowed to jack them to the 1% percentile of physiological T, I think you should be limited to keeping it within the mid range, at most.

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3/6/13 1:49 PM by MattyECB

But I I do fully fully agree previous TRT abuse should preclude you as much as previous steroid use.After all, it would also cause further hormone dysregulation and exacerbate the problem similar to abusing anabolic steroids. And even more importantly, it would prove you're using the therapy as a loop-hole. I don't think it'll get barred because there are cases where it's necessary, and I'm not even taking about age related degeneration, but real issues aside from hypogonadism that can cause severe hormone drops. But until the testing and window of T considered pathlogical is fully established, this bullshit will keep occurring - where logic and proof dictates unfair treatment of some abusers over others

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3/6/13 1:46 PM by MattyECB

You're missing the point completely, I'm afraid. Fighters become a grey area because of the huge impact concussions can have, and to a much lesser degree, weight cutting and severe dehydration.Now it's obviously bullshit when people in their 20s/30s start taking TRT and they've barely competed. But if you have a guy like Shogun whos been fighting since he was 20, and he hits 35.... I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he had a legitimate reason to use TRT. Now it's even more believable in certain cases where a fighter not only has a ridiculously advanced physiological age, god knows what Hendo's body has been through, but also an actual age -- when you're in your forties you begin entering the window where you can undergo Andropause. (Basically male-menopause which accounts for all those midlife crises douchebags that get cranky, need boner pills and drive in sports cars with Ed Hardy hats)Now I'm getting off topic, but the only way to be SURE that a fighter has low test levels for illegitimate reasons, is to prove that he's taken steroids in the past. If a legitimate endocrinologist (Read: not the shithead Marquardt used)shows a person has reduced T levels, and their is no proof of malfeasance, the NSAC doesn't really have much choice in the matter, even if it's painfully obvious the guy caused his own problems.

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3/6/13 10:44 AM by easedel

/smh/ You don't get it do you? Most likely the reason for his need for TRT is BECAUSE of his past steroid usage. THAT is what people are against, granting exemptions to people who abused in the past.

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3/6/13 8:21 AM by 3rdLion

Great post, VTFU at PC

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3/6/13 6:07 AM by Bootsy Collins

Fucking Kizer.It's unprofessional for a mna in his poistion to make statements like this. The guy think's he's some kind of celeb.Anybody acting with the AC should, imho, act quietly professional at all times BEHIND THE SCENES.

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3/6/13 3:59 AM by shatefak

^ I know a guy that did it here in sweden because its pretty hard to get trt here. He ran for hours the night before the tests, after that he drank alcohol and ate a bunch of shit that lowers your T, like candy, then he didnt sleep all night. The morning after he "passed" the test.