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Old 04-01-19, 06:48 AM
UFC Needs TRT Says Silva
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Anderson “The Spider” Silva, a Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) athlete and former UFC Middleweight Champion, wants Ultimate Fight Championship (UFC) to consider legalizing and regulating the use of testosterone as part of an athlete’s doctor-prescribed androgen replacement therapy.

Silva does not think it is fair that older MMA athletes are forced to choose between continuing to fight in the UFC or choosing TRT to optimize their health. MMA athletes who have a medical need for TRT should be allowed to use it.

If UFC legalized and regulated the use of TRT, the careers of top MMA athletes could be extended. Silva singled out former MMA champions Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson as athletes who quit when TRT was banned.

Silva even hinted that he would consider fighting again if he were allowed to use testosterone (as part of TRT, of course).

Silva made the comments in a lengthy interview with Rap77. The interview was uploaded to YouTube on January 8, 2019. However, it was likely recorded a few months earlier. The interview was conducted in Portuguese but subtitled in English.

“There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,” Silva said. “If USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting. Vitor, for example. Even me, though I never had the replacement. But some athletes who really need it, who are older. Dan Henderson, many other athletes who have stopped because of this.”
Silva supports the involvement of USADA in the UFC. However, he wishes there was more flexibility when it came to TRT.

Silva failed to note was that USADA already permits TRT in the UFC if an athlete is approved for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

The criteria for TUE are simply too stringent for athletes like Belfort of Henderson (or Silva for that matter) to be approved.

For example, athletes like Silva who have previously tested positive for anabolic steroids are automatically disqualified from receiving a TUE for TRT.

Since Silva was suspended for one year after he tested positive for metabolites of Masteron and Methyltestosterone, USADA would likely deny a TUE permitting Silva to use testosterone.

USADA could conceivably make an exception since it agreed that Silva’s steroid positives were caused by the use of contaminated dietary supplements obtained from a Brazilian compounding pharmacy. The same compounding pharmacy led to steroid positives in three other Brazilian MMA athletes i.e. Junior Dos Santos, Antonio Rogerio and Marcos Rogerio.
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Old 04-06-19, 04:26 PM
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USADA is getting so tight things are about to get real interesting in the UFC.
Positive testing for picograms in detection times we never thought possible.
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Old 04-07-19, 09:05 AM
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