For some reason, those three letters raise the ire of so many fans. Honestly, it's something I don't understand. If you've ever read any of the arguments regarding TRT, the opponents make it out to be some kind of He-man serum that turns weaklings in vicious MMA killing machines. They ignore the fact that legitimate TRT is merely used to return a fighters testosterone to a normal level. Now, we can debate what "normal" means, but it doesn't appear to be anything far outside of the natural range. Which brings me to the headline of this post.
What sets TRT apart from any of the myriad procedures that fighters use to remain active in the sport? If TRT is wrong because it is unnatural, then what is your take on surgically repaired joints? How is a shot any more unnatural than a fighter having their knee put back together. What about fighters receiving cortisone shots to reduce inflammation? Doesn't it seem slightly hypocritical to sign off one and label another as cheating, when the goal of either is to return the fighter a normal state?
Perhaps it is the association of testosterone with steroids that causes people to have such a negative reaction. I don't know, but I just don't see how TRT is any worse than any other procedure fighters undertake, that fans sign off on.