You may be tired of hearing about TRT, but the topic isn't going anywhere in the MMA world, especially with Vitor Belfort's attempts to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy in his UFC middleweight championship bout with Chris Weidman. Former Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer had said that he doubted Belfort would get a TRT exemption due to having failed a drug test for steroid use in the past in the state.
A NSAC consulting physician is now speaking out and saying Belfort should not -- and probably will not -- get an exemption (via ESPN):
Dr. Timothy Trainor, consulting physician to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, told "Outside the Lines" Tuesday he would advise the five-member commission against granting a therapeutic-use exemption to Belfort or any fighter who previously tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Belfort tested positive in 2006 for 4-Hydroxytestosertone, an anabolic steroid, and was suspended nine months and fined $10,000 by the Nevada commission.
"If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone has used PEDs in the past, they will not get an exemption,'' said Trainor, who is not a voting member of the commission. "No, no way.''
The voting members still make the ultimate call, but it sounds like people in and around the commission are against the idea.
This comes just days after the Association of Ringside Physicians released a statement calling for an end to TRT exemptions in fight sports as a whole.