Dan Henderson is favor of UFC-monitored TRT use

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

“Everyone’s situation is different,” Henderson told MMAjunkie.com after a workout for UFC 157, where he fights Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) in the co-main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday. “It could be a legitimate reason, it could not be – and obviously that makes it a little bit more fishy. But maybe the UFC just needs everyone to see (the UFC) doctor to begin with and go through their testing and make sure it’s legitimate, then monitor it a little better. It’s not too tough to monitor.”

Henderson, a former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion, has not fought since a five-round decision win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139 in November 2011. He was scheduled to meet Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title at UFC 151 this past September, but a knee injury forced him out and the card ultimately was canceled.

Henderson said random testing throughout the sport will help curb the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in general, as well as for those who might be taking advantage of their TUEs.

“I would welcome random drug testing for that and for everything,” he said. “I think that would really help clean up the sport a lot and really give it a better (reputation). When people look at it, it leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. So hopefully the UFC implements random drug testing.”

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