Rashad Evans appeared recently on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and defended fellow Blackzilian Vitor Belfort, and his controversial use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), that has now come to an end. Evans also discussed former Blackzilian Alistair Overeem.
Evans agreed with Nevada State Athletic Commission's decisions to end the practice of issuing Therapeutic Use Exemptions for TRT.
"You know, the commission does what it has to do," said Evans, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. "They were having a hard time with the whole situation. It was causing quit a bit of stir, to be honest, it was causing a big distraction. With a sport like mixed martial arts, I really don’t think it does the sport any good to have a label like that attached to it. We’re still a sport, we’re still growing.
"But once the whole TRT thing got out and it’s been made to be such a big thing, I think it just only at that point just starts to do nothing but bad. Because people really didn’t understand it. People didn’t understand the whole TRT thing, and many people were just kind of like, ‘these guys are juicing, they’re on ’roids.’ They didn’t really understand the whole process of the TRT thing. So once it became the point of misunderstanding, then they did what they needed to do to get rid of it because at that point all our athletes would be looked at as not competing in the right way."
Evans also said he hopes the change does not end Belfort's long hoPED for title shot.
"I don’t think he needs to compete with TRT, said Evans. "He’s a great fighter, great athlete, he doesn’t need any. I see so many people, they say such negative and nasty things about him and there’s been people that can make him the face of TRT, like there wasn’t so many other fighters who’ve done it, and do it.
"I don’t really think it’s fair for people to put that on him and make it seem like he’s a cheater when he was only doing what was in the rules to do. I hope he does get a chance to fight for the belt, and I hope he does get a chance to show people that him winning those fights had nothing to do with the TRT, it was just his ability and hard work."
Evans also discussed Alistair Overeem, who is still managed by Glenn Robinson, CEO of Authentic Sports Management and Blackzilian owner, but is no longer a member of the team. Anthony Johnson among others had voiced criticism of Overeem, said they only team he was a member of was his own. While he offered no harsh words, Evans never the less said things were easier with Overeem out.
"You know, I never really had a problem with Overeem," said Evans. "He was always cool to me, but to Anthony’s point, he never really did give the team a chance. Whenever he did his camp, he would always seclude himself into his own little private thing. A lot of people didn’t take too kindly to it.
"For me, I didn’t worry about it too much because I knew what I had to do for myself, and I knew that, if he don’t want to use the team, if he don’t believe in the team or whatever, that’s on him. That’s on him. I can’t tell him how to train, he’s a grown man. He’s been doing this for a while, I can’t tell him what he needs to do. He made the choice that he made and he got the results that he got, and that was on him."
"I don’t dislike him as a person. I’m not going to say I’m happy he’s not on the team, because that’s not true. I just, overall I guess I’m happy that our team is in a position where we’re not in conflict with each other.
"He’s not training with us anymore. A lot of the guys didn’t like him not being a part of the team. They didn’t like him separating himself from the team. They felt like it was very arrogant, and it wasn’t what we’re about."
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