White wants ACs to ban TRT

Friday, March 15, 2013

Cornered by persistent questions about drug testing in the UFC, Dana White said his current goal is to eradicate exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy.

“Then when you show up for a fight, the state athletic commissions will do their testing however they do their testing,” White said following a pre-event news conference for UFC 158, which takes place Saturday at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

“If you ask for a TRT exemption, you are going to be tested brutally,” White said.

“We’re focusing on the things that we can manage,” White said, later adding that he would also test any fighter suspected of PED use.

At this point, that means making TRT an unattractive option for fighters without a legitimate medical need for it.

“This is baby steps,” White said. “I don’t just come out and say, ‘Here’s what I’d like all the athletic commissions to do across the country.’ I don’t know how many times I have to tell you guys, they don’t give a f–k what I think. They regulate me.

“It’s very easy for me to go with the flow on TRT: ‘Hey, commission says it’s fine.’ I’m against it. But there’s only so much you can do.”

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