Tito Ortiz has been around the UFC for a long time and has likely seen it all since his debut at UFC 13. So it's no surprise to hear that Tito has some experience with (and opinions on) the sudden rush of testosterone replacement use in mixed martial arts.
Ortiz was asked about the Alistair Overeem situation in an interview with Fighters Only and had this to say:
FO: As you mentioned Overeem, let's touch on the scandal that is presently threatening to engulf him. He failed a urine test administered in March and now the theory is that he will be claiming he was undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy, explaining his elevated levels. What do you think of all these fighters that are suddenly claiming to be testosterone-deficient?
You know I don't know much about it at all. I have been fighting for 15 years and there have been trainers that tried to push that on me and I've said that if I have to do that kind of stuff, I am done with the sport, I wont compete any more because I want to be a natural athlete.
And I have - for fifteen years I've competed and taken my drug tests, random drug tests, and passed everything because I am a true athletle. A lot of these guys are taking these supplements to make themselves more impressive or whatever, to become the fighters they want to be.
That's their choice - my recommendation is don't do it. If its against the law or against the sport, don't do it and if you do have to do it, don't fight anymore. That's just my take on it... I will leave it there, I wont go into it any further.
After the jump, one more quote from the interview where Tito gives the most Tito Ortiz-y answer to a question ever.
Tito was asked what he felt the "golden age" of MMA was, if it is currently happening or if he felt that it was back during his rivalry with Ken Shamrock:
You know, that's a question I've always wanted to ask myself. I think the great rivalry between me and Shamrock would have to be the shining moment of my career because he sold the fight, I sold the fight and we came to fight time and we put on a show; the best athlete won.
I look at it now and the sport is just growing each and every day throughout the world. Fans love this sport and I love the fans.