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Dundas: Yeah, I get it, you’re tired of reading about testosterone replacement therapy. You just want to watch dudes spin-kick each other in the face and not have to think about it. Believe me, I’m tired of writing about it.
But see, that’s the beauty of this prediction. After 2014, we won’t have to worry about TRT anymore, because it’ll be gone.
At some point next year, the camel’s back will snap on all this business of professional fighters shooting themselves up with extra doses of male growth hormones. In a perfect world, it won’t take an ugly, high-profile incident or scandal to spark the reform, but, whatever the impetus, it’s going to happen.
One of America’s major state athletic commissions (maybe Nevada, maybe New Jersey) will step in and say, no mas. There’s just no reason to go on justifying medicinal steroid use. The risks to competitors, users and combat sports in general are just too great.
In doing so, MMA’s chief regulators will be drawing a line in the sand. They’ll be saying that any fighter who can’t compete without TRT will have to retire. Any athlete who can forgo a previous TRT exemption and fight without the stuff? Well, he was just cheating all along, right?
Maybe commissioners will also be daring somebody to sue them over this move, but you know what? Nobody will.
Eventually, promoters will be forced to follow suit, disallowing testosterone users from working for their companies at all.
And then we’ll finally, mercifully all be able to get back to the business of being fight fans.
Snowden: What if we lived in the kind of world that saw state regulators do the right thing because it was the moral choice, the only defensible choice in the eyes of reasonable people everywhere?
In that grand world, filled with sugar plumbs and gum drops, Chad wouldn't have needed to write this entry. He wouldn't need to discuss it weekly on the Co-Main Event podcast with USA Today's Ben Fowlkes. And I wouldn't be writing this fanciful response.
Because, in that world, the idea of a cage fighter getting a permission slip from the government to enhance his already scary physique with additional testosterone would be preposterous. But we don't live in Chad's world—let's call in Earth C. We don't live in my world, either, a glorious place where Pride is still alive and Rumina Sato is defending his bantamweight title for the 15th time.
We live on Earth Prime. And it's gritty and corrupt, beyond even Oliver Stone's twisted imagination. On our world, the government does allow what Fight Opinion's Zach Arnold calls a testosterone hall pass.
And on our world, that's not likely to change any time soon.