UFC News: Carlos Condit Thinks TRT 'Muddies the Water' of the Sport

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IJune 17, 2012

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Chalk up UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit as another fighter who is not a fan of testosterone replacement therapy.

Condit said as much in an interview with GracieMag (h/t Fight Cove).

"I love MMA because of the purity of the sport and I think it (TRT) just muddies the water when you start throwing stuff like that in there."

"The Natural Born Killer" doesn't believe there are many good reasons for a professional athlete using TRT.

I think it’s a slippery slope, you know what I mean? You let guys start using testosterone and it’s—where does it end? You know what I mean? I wonder, especially for younger guys, I know Frank Mir's a little bit older and of course your testosterone levels kind of dip as you get older, but some of these younger guys, you know, guys maybe in their late twenties and thirties using testosterone replacement therapy, I wonder, I wonder why is there testosterone low in the first place? 

The Greg Jackson's MMA fighter went on to say that he believes most cases of low testosterone are self-inflicted and, therefore, not legitimate medical cases. 

And I, my theory is they may have been using something in the past, because when you use steroids, your body, after you get off has a hard time bringing yourself up to natural levels. I don’t know man. I’m not going to judge anybody, but that’s just, that’s not—I got to where I am without ever ever using any performance enhancing drugs.

Condit adds that he trusts the judgement of athletic commissions and the higher-ups of the UFC to decide what substances are and aren't permissible for competition. He also doesn't plan on bending the rules anytime soon. 

And ultimately, it’s not up for me to decide. That’s for Athletic Commissions and I guess Dana White and the UFC brass to figure out what they’re going to do with that. But, you know, personally, that’s just, I have to just, you know, continue with what’s worked for me, and that’s just being clean.

Fight doctor Johnny Benjamin stirred up the MMA world last week when he offered his take on the controversial subject, also believing that past steroid use is a common reason why fighters use TRT. 

Condit is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, including his title win against Nick Diaz at UFC 143 in February. 

Since then, the interim titleholder has faced harsh criticism from fans and fellow welterweights alike for being content to sit on the sidelines until welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre returns from knee surgery.

The former WEC welterweight champion is tentatively scheduled to meet GSP at UFC 154 to unify the belts, while Martin Kampmann will meet Johny Hendricks in a number one contender bout.

However, should "Rush" not be able to return by November, Condit said he is open to a rematch with Martin Kampmann, the man who welcomed him to the UFC and defeated The Natural Born Killer via a close split decision. 


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