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Actions speak louder than words. It's an old saying, but it's one of the truest there is.
UFC president Dana White talks a big game when it comes testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), a medical treatment that allows fighters to legally inject themselves with testosterone. He said early in the year that he would like it banned from the sport altogether.
The actions of his company, though, tell a different story.
In 2012, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson said the UFC recommended he visit a doctor that would go on to prescribe him TRT. Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva has the same story and is currently suing his UFC-employed doctor, following a failed drug test due to elevated testosterone brought on by his TRT use.
On top of that, the UFC has numerous fighters who previously tested positive for steroid use (which many doctors cite as a likely cause for low testosterone in relatively young men) who are using TRT. Totally coincidentally (or so I'm told), they all happen to be fighting on UFC-sanctioned international cards that avoid American athletic commissions.
The most notable one is Vitor Belfort, who has exclusively been fighting in Brazil since Keith Kizer said he likely wouldn't be allowed to use TRT stateside, as well as Silva, who tested positive for steroids in 2008 and fought most recently in Australia.
Don't like it? Too bad. The UFC will chase you down in an attempt to discredit you if you point out all the supposedly fire-less smoke.
The shifting stance with how the UFC has handled TRT users makes this one of the oddest—but also most disappointing—stories of 2013.