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Michael Bisping, Unsurprisingly, Has Strong Feelings About TRT

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Mixed martial arts fighter Michael Bisping attends UFC on Fox:  Live Heavyweight Championship at the Honda Center on November 12, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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Jeremy BotterMMA Senior WriterAugust 17, 2012

I think we're all aware that the testosterone replacement therapy issue isn't going away any time soon. Actually, it's probably never going to go away at all.

According to Michael Bisping, that's bad news:

I think it's absolute nonsense, rubbish, bullshit. Listen, we all get old, we all grow up, you know? At some point, as you start getting older, your balls don't work as well and you don't make as much testosterone, but, that's life and you deal with it. A guy that is 40-years old doesn't make as much testosterone as a 21-year old so he gets an exemption certificate to say, 'So now we will give him as much testosterone as a 21-year old.' Well, what about me, I'm 33 (years of age), I'm not making the same amount as a 21-year old, but I make more than a 40-year old. Where do we draw the line? It's nonsense. Listen, nature determines that and I don't think we should interfere with that. I think it's cheating very, very well, it's dressed up. Its nonsense, its absolute bullshit and I, for one, am very, very against it. I would never ever do that. I am who I am and I've done well doing what I do.

Leave it to Bisping to be the one fighter thus far to get right to the root of the story: Getting older sucks, and we know it sucks even worse for athletes who are used to a lifetime of competing.

But that's part of life. You get older, and then you can't compete anymore. So you retire and spend your days playing with the grandchildren or training the next generation of fighters. The one thing you shouldn't be able to do is artificially extend your career by boosting your low testosterone levels.

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