Sonnen: Life without TRT is completely horrible

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

While Vitor Belfort is the poster child for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, he is far from the only prominent fighter who has received a Therapeutic Use Exemption for it. Other figures on the list include Todd Duffee, Forrest Griffin, Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson, Nate Marquardt, Frank Mir, Shane Roller, and Chael Sonnen.

After Belfort, the most high profile fighter on the list, is Chael Sonnen. Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole talked about the NSAC TRT ban with Sonnen.

Sonnen conceded he'll be in a quandary if he is forced to compete without his medication.

“It puts me in a spot, because medically, I do need testosterone,” Sonnen said. “I have to look at this carefully, but they made no bones about it: It's out. We all have to deal with that, whether we like it or not.”

Sonnen said he wouldn't wish his symptoms when he is off his medication on anyone.

“The best way to describe is that it is a completely terrible, horrible feeling,” Sonnen said. “This is a medicine and it's medicine I need to live normally on a day-to-day basis. People say it is a performance enhancer, and there are a lot of things guys can take to enhance performance. But testosterone is more than a performance enhancer for me. It is a life enhancer.

“My life is better. My attitude is better. I have more energy. I need less sleep. It makes me feel better in many different regards. It makes me a better husband and a better neighbor and a better pet owner. I understand the abuse, but this is a medicine that helps people with a problem.”

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