UFC veteran BJ Penn has never been one to filter his own opinion. Most recently, Penn sounded off on Nate Marquardt's elevated testosterone levels resulting from physician prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as well as the practice of TRT in mixed martial arts.
Marquardt's elevated blood testosterone levels prior to his matchup at UFC Live 4 against Rick Story ultimately secured his release from the UFC.
On Monday's edition of the MMA Hour, Penn elaborated on his viewpoint and discussed how damaging TRT is too the sport itself.
Quite possibly fighting the winner of the Marquardt-Story clash, Penn took personal interest in Marquardt's use of testosterone as well as the growing usage of TRT amongst fighters in general.
"I think everyone is really of the same opinion as I am, if they want to admit it or not," Penn said. "Stuff like this is not easy to talk about. We're talking about friends and colleagues of mine. They look at me and they hear me say these things, and they're like, 'You know you're the only guy that doesn't do it, right?' And I'm like, I know."
A veteran of the sport since his debut against Joey Gilbert in 2001, Penn has forged friendships with fighters who have experience with TRT and is torn personally on how to react to the news.
"I believe so strongly in fair play and all these things, and on the other side, it's people you know and people you look up to, legends of the sport. They've been involved with stuff like that. I guess i shouldn't be so outspoken because I have so many friends and colleagues and so many people I respect in this sport that have gotten involved with stuff like TRT and hormone replacement" Penn told Ariel Halwani of the MMA Hour.
TRT has become popular within the MMA inner circle because of its beneficial recovery aspects and ability to minimize injury and keep a fighter energized.
"When you're chi is down, you feel weak, and I'm sure it's an easy way out to do all the testosterone and stuff, but I just couldn't see myself doing it," Penn said.
Never one to take a shortcut, Penn has always believed that technique equals success.
"That's what jiu-jitsu is about. That's why they have the absolute division, so when you're a white belt in jiu-jitsu, you're already practicing wrestling with bigger people. I always believed it was in the technique. I always believed the needle is not the answer. I always believed that. I still believe it today," Penn stated.
Scheduled to challenge Carlos Condit at UFC 137 in October in an epic welterweight clash, Penn will continue to train in the same manner that has kept him relevant for more than a decade in the UFC.
Additionally, this out-spoken Hawaiian will surely continue to voice his opinions on the matters at hand within the famed Octagon.
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