The debate about allowing therapeutic use exemptions for TRT in the MMA world have been a hot topic for some time now. On Thursday the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) unanimously voted to ban therapeutic usage exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy, a move that will have a lasting effect not only on the MMA world but combat sports as a whole.
The ban will immediately be enforced and applies to both future applications and current fighters who’ve already received the exemption.
It safe to say that Dana White, UFC President, was pleased with the news on Thursday. He spoke with MMAFighting.com about NSAC’s ruling.
"[I'm] pumped!" White wrote via text message. "Couldn't wait for that garbage to go away."
He would later state that “We follow Nevada.”
Many questioned if White saying “We follow Nevada” meant that the UFC would adopt the ban as their own in instances where the UFC must act as the governing body. It didn’t take to long for the UFC to clear things up. They released this 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)," White stated in the release. "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."
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