NSAC Bans TRT, UFC Announces Support For Decision
By FCF Staff
For some time now, testosterone replacement therapy has been one of mixed-martial-arts most discussed and debated issues, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled Thursday that it will no longer allow TRT in it’s jurisdiction.
According to multiple reports, the NSAC has determined that TRT exemptions will no longer be handed out to competitors in boxing, kickboxing and MMA, including those who have been granted them in the past. The commission has also reportedly ruled that it is not bound to honor TRT exemptions that have been granted by other commissions.
The decision comes less than two months away from when Vitor Belfort, a TRT user, is scheduled to fight UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman on May 24th in Las Vegas.
After the commission’s ruling on Thursday, UFC President Dana White released the following statement:
“The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.”