Hendo: TRT use doesn’t matter that much

Monday, November 04, 2013

Dan Henderson fights Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32, on Nov 9, 2013, in Goiania Arena, Goiania, Goias, Brazil. The pair fought at Pride 32 in 2006, with Henderson taking a unanimous decision. Further, it will be the first time Hendo has fought in Brazil since 1997.

Both Henderson and Belfort have been issued Testosterone Use Exemptions by the regulating body in Brazil, Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA). Belfort has been subject to pointed and protracted fan criticism for his use of TRT, while Henderson has received litle, something Helwani asked him address.

“I think it all has to do with him not getting an exemption to fight outside of Brazil,” said Hendo. “Based on him testing positive before they won’t give him an exemption in the States.”

Henderson said he wasn’t overly worried about what Belfort was up to in terms of TRT or otherwise. Heading into Saturday’s bout, he says that he’s been tested regularly about every two weeks to check his levels. In his last fight against Evans at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, the Manitoba commission didn’t allow Henderson a therapeutic use exemption.

Though he lost the bout, “Hendo” said he didn’t notice the difference. Therefore, when Belfort recently mentioned that he would go off of TRT if it meant a title shot, Henderson didn’t see anything overly remarkable in the statement. Even with the claims that once you’re on TRT that you’ll need it for the rest of your life.

“I don’t take that much, and I didn’t take it for the Canada fight my last fight, and I really didn’t notice a change,” he said. “It wouldn’t matter that much to me whether I was on it or not, especially just for one fight. It’s a matter of being healthier, just as a lifestyle for me, and what the doctors prescribe to be healthier as a person. So it’s not anything that a few months is going to matter.”

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