UFC President Dana White was quick to show his support for the Nevada State Athletic Commission's motion to ban testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the state. He wrote via text message that he "couldn't wait for that garbage to go away."
Therapeutic use exemption for TRT has been a hot-button issue in MMA for quite some time, and the motion to ban it in the great state of Nevada was unanimously approved by the NSAC. White stated very simply to MMAFighting.com, “We follow Nevada.”
The NSAC ban on TRT is effective immediately.
The UFC has now banned the use of TRT in instances where the UFC acts as the governing body. This was confirmed via a press release by the UFC:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.
It is still unknown if the UFC will ban TRT in states where the therapeutic use exemptions are still in effect.
The motion set forth by the NSAC is a big step in the right direction for the sport, and the UFC stands firmly behind their unanimous vote. White and company may be celebrating the vote, but they still have to enforce it in areas in which the organization is the governing body.
White has been a very vocal opponent of TRT. Now he has gotten his wish. It is banned in the fight capital of the world.