Media Watch: Frank Mir Talks TRT Use
By Michael Hatamoto
Following his defeat to Junior Dos Santos earlier in the year, it was revealed Frank Mir received a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) therapeutic use exemption (TUE) from the Nevada State Athletic Commission before the fight.
The use of TRT remains controversial, and Mir sort of explains his use of TRT prior to his HW title shot.
Mir had this to say when speaking to MMA Fighting:
“As far as performance in the gym I couldn’t tell you the difference. But as far as the areas of my health where I was starting to have issues — as far as that goes, that gets too personal — but I probably will always stay on this.”
For his UFC 146 tests, Mir’s T/E ratio was the approved 1:1 – but his in-camp T/E levels, however, could have been significantly higher while not being monitored. However, it doesn’t really matter as long as his T/E ratios were at the appropriate levels during NSAC testing immediately before and after the fight.
Mir will likely utilize TRT again as he prepares to fight Cormier potentially in October or November.
As long as TRT is legal with state athletic commission approval, there is very little stopping athletes from enjoying a major loophole. UFC President Dana White continues to flip flop regarding his approval of TRT, and if he simply relies on athletic commissions, TRT should be around for quite some time.