By Zach Arnold | June 1, 2012
Frank Mir says getting a TUE for testosterone is like using an inhaler for asthma
Junior dos Santos was furious about what happened with Alistair Overeem and his now infamous ‘tetra mix’ shot from a mark doctor (who is in trouble again) which included testosterone. JDS has come out against testosterone users.
So, thanks to Keith Kizer, JDS ended up fighting Frank Mir while Mir was using NSAC-allowed testosterone usage.
Which, of course, makes this remark from Dave Meltzer today all the more amusing:
–All 24 fighters from Saturday’s UFC 146 PPV tested clean for both steroids and recreational drugs.
You can pass a Nevada drug test for steroids while using testosterone, the base chemical of anabolic steroids. This is now the legacy of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. As Mike Chiappetta reported in the past, the NSAC has a process of three weeks to establish a Therapeutic Use Exemption for testosterone usage for MMA fighters. Three weeks. Not three months. Three weeks.
In the case of Frank Mir, he asked for an exemption starting in 2012. Why didn’t he get an exemption before if he needed it so badly?
When Dan Henderson beat Fedor last year, I stated that his win would start to create acceptance by power brokers in the sport for the usage of Testosterone. Don’t think that’s the case? Look at the testosterone MMA hall of fame:
- Dan Henderson
- Alistair Overeem (not a TRT guy officially as far as having a TUE, it should be noted)
- Chael Sonnen
- Frank Mir
- Todd Duffee
- Shane Roller
- Nate Marquardt
- Dennis Hallman
- Bristol Marunde
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
- Ken Shamrock
The scariest part? This is just a partial list of names that we publicly know. There are various state athletic commissions that give out hall passes that do not publicly disclose users given exemptions. On top of that, throw in all the guys currently using testosterone who don’t get caught because standard AC drug tests do not use the Carbon Isotope Ratio standard or blood testing.
The end result is that the biggest names in Mixed Martial Arts are doping. It’s an inescapable conclusion. Can you blame blue-chip companies that don’t want to sponsor fighters given the current doping climate?
As I noted in my crash course article on testosterone usage in MMA, the usage of T for fighters in combat sports is way more dangerous & scandalous than in sports like baseball. The issues of drug usage (PEDs & pain killers), concussions, and bad weight-cutting are all starting to form an interconnected picture that is less than flattering about the health & safety of the sport.
If only 2% of the adult male population legitimately needs to use testosterone due to low levels of T, then why do so many MMA fighters cry for a need for testosterone? For those burying their head in the sand over the issue, there’s a level of cognitive dissonance that is alarming. If the sport is so safe, then why do so many high-profile fighters need to use such a powerful chemical like testosterone in order to function?
The UFC has a giant problem — and it’s one of their own making. As we noted from comments Dana White made last weekend, the UFC claims the PED issue is blown out of proportion and yet says that they want to take drug testing to ‘the next level’ by having a supplemental drug testing program alongside the standard AC drug testing protocols. In the same breath, Dana praises the athletic commissions for the job they are doing when it comes to fighters who are using testosterone. He’s always careful to make sure to emphasize that it’s legal.
As more fighters get outed over their testosterone usage and the public starts to learn what we knew all along about the enablers in this business who have let the drug climate get out of control, the more the media, potential sponsors, and sports fans who could potentially become MMA supporters start to take a second look at MMA and say, ‘no thanks.’