Ian McCall has "very low" testosterone levels in his system (via MixedMartialArts.com), yet he says he has not joined the growing group of fighters who utilize testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Due to relaxed testing requirements, TRT has become one of the most controversial topics in MMA, with many fighters suspected of using TRT, without legitimate need, to gain an unfair advantage over their competition.
Recently, UFC president Dana White joined those opposed to illegitimate use of TRT, stating that his organization would test "the living s***" out of fighters with therapeutic use exemptions (via MMAOpinion.co.uk).
Despite White's strong stance, McCall is beginning to wonder whether or not he's putting himself at a competitive disadvantage by not taking advantage of TRT.
McCall attributes his low testosterone levels to past drug abuse, but he's been reluctant to counteract that problem with TRT due to fan angst with rampant misuse of performance enhancing drugs in sports. "Uncle Creepy" stated that he's made his career decisions in accordance with what he believes would please fans, even if those choices came at the expense of his own success.
Now, McCall wants fans to let him know if abstaining from TRT has been the right thing to do or a mistake that has held him back.
I've been told I have VERY low T levels... You know, ABUSING the crap out of drugs a LONG time ago (that's no secret)... I said no due to the fans reactions to people on TRT.
I've made my career based off fans so is this a smart thing to do?
This is another example in a long line of cheaters spoiling medical advancements for those who need them. Hopefully, the UFC is able to successfully crack down on those who use TRT dishonestly so that fighters like McCall don't have to worry about their reputations being tainted for pursuing beneficial medical treatment.