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By Zach Arnold | March 6, 2012
Two hours ago, Rampage used “the Dana defense” in regards to answering someone’s question on Twitter about using testosterone:
“@KnowledgeNupe: @Rampage4real what’s up with admitting to testerone replacing? Are you going to be suspended at all?”No! Its not illegal!
He claimed that he feels like he is leaving ‘heaven’ to get back into training and that ‘my knee is held!’
An hour later, Rampage went raging on Twitter (as demonstrated in the screen captures up above) against UFC — including this gem:
“@VWAssassin: @Rampage4real your leaving the UFC?” Y should I stay? I don’t need them or anybody else negative dealing with my carrie
45 minutes or so after raging against the UFC and defending his new-found testosterone boost, Rampage tried to apologize to everyone for what he said.
Yes, the same man who ignited the proverbial cherry bomb last week with his Fighters Only interview talking about how his ‘doctor works for the UFC’ and that the ‘UFC doctor’ led him to an age-management doctor to get testosterone so he could fight in Japan. These are the kinds of remarks that can implode on you. So, you would think Rampage would have played it on the down low and stayed quiet. Instead, he starts going off (again) on UFC out of the blue.
So, was his interview with Fighters Only some sort of weird passive-aggressive deal to try to get fired from UFC? But why on Earth would he want to do that when his ‘doctor works for the UFC’ and took better care of him than he says PRIDE did? As Luca Fury promptly asked, “no MMA organizations pays more than the UFC, so does this mean you want to box professionally?”
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I wonder how Rampage’s old training buddy Michael Bisping feels about RJ’s new-found love for testosterone considering what the Brit has said about Chael Sonnen’s usage of the T in the past.
Would testosterone TUEs for Zuffa fighters be approved using USADA standards?
I was going to write a separate post on the topic, but Rampage made it easy for me to incorporate this item here.
Take a look at the USADA guidelines (August 2011) in regards to what criteria needs to be met in order to get a Therapeutic Use Exemption for testosterone:
- The Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC) must review the entire work-up for hypogonadism. They need enough medical information, clinic notes and laboratory testing notes to make the same diagnosis, and arrive at the same treatment plan as you without ever seeing the patient.
- It is extremely unlikely that a Therapeutic Use Exemption will be approved for “functional” hypogonadism (a diagnosis of hypogonadism based on low testosterone levels but without a defined etiology).
- The International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions specifically states that “low-normal” levels of any hormone will not justify the granting of a TUE.
- USADA will not grant TUEs for testosterone to females, including Hormone Replacement Therapies that contain testosterone, because there are permitted therapeutic alternatives available.
- The use of testosterone as an anti-aging medication for men is not justification for a TUE. Similarly, generalized fatigue, slow recovery from exercise and a decreased libido are not, in isolation, justification for the granting of a TUE for testosterone.
Let’s use Rampage’s situation, as he laid out in the Fighters Only interview, as a test case example.
On bullet point one, I have some doubts that this requirement would be met. On the second & third points, I don’t see Rampage getting a TUE just because he has ‘low levels.’ On the last point, Rampage would utterly fail in getting a TUE. He claims his doctor ‘who works for the UFC’ led him to an age management doctor, which resulted in the alleged prescription for testosterone. Rampage said in the Fighters Only interview that he was feeling like he was 25 years old, ‘doggy style’ as he put it. The last bullet point from USADA practically reads like the most succinct item you could possibly write to eviscerate Rampage’s legitimacy in using testosterone.
As for Bristol Marunde, the latest fighter under the Zuffa banner to be reportedly using a TUE in order to take testosterone… his older brother is the late Jesse Marunde, the World Strongest Man competitor who died in 2007 due to a genetic heart defect (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy).
Bristol reportedly joins Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, Rampage Jackson, Todd Duffee, and Nate Marquardt on the list of (publicly) notable names who currently are using TUEs for testosterone usage. As Rampage alleged in his Fighters Only interview, the UFC supposedly told him that there are ‘probably’ many more fighters out there using testosterone that we don’t know about yet. The list is growing.
Rampage closed out the Twitter proceedings with the following:
I know 1 place I’m not going back 2! I’m going 2 b with my wife n kids n sin no more! Just ask 4 forgiveness! #new I’d win this 1!
Sin no more? Get off the testosterone and stop defending your usage of it. Also, name your doctor ‘who works for UFC’ while you’re at it, too.