Frank Mir will be on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) when he steps into the Octagon this weekend at UFC 169. Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the treatment ahead of his bout against Alistair Overeem.
MMAJunkie.com first broke the news on Mir's TRT TUE early on Thursday. The TUE from New Jersey will mark the third time that Mir has received an exemption to use TRT ahead of a UFC fight. After Mir confirmed that he was granted the exemption, BloodyElbow.com reached out to New Jersey State Athletic Control Board counsel Nick Lembo for a statement.
Lembo replied to the site via email, "Frank Mir has been licensed and medically cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB)for UFC 169. Typically, the NJSACB does not discuss medical matters or drug testing. Such is due to applicable privacy laws."
With Mir confirming to MMAJunkie that he did receive a TUE, Lembo said that he was able to discuss Mir's situation.
Lembo said that the NJSACB would be the third state agency to allow Mir to use TRT for a UFC fight, "Please be advised that we have chosen to honor the TUE's for TRT for Mr. Mir already granted by the states of Nevada and Wisconsin. Those records were provided to this agency."
Mir's first TUE was granted by Nevada at UFC 146. His second TUE was granted by Wisconsin for UFC 164. Mir lost both of those contests. At UFC 146, Junior dos Santos scored a second round TKO win over Mir while Josh Barnett TKO'd Mir at UFC 164.
Lembo went on to detail the steps the NJSACB took after Mir requested the TUE, "Upon application in New Jersey, Mr. Mir was required to be seen by a board certified endocrinologist at a major medical institution for this particular exemption for this particular fight. The detailed report from the endocrinologist and applicable medical records were reviewed by our lead MMA ringside physician Dr. Sherry Wulkan."
Mir's testosterone levels will be monitored by the NJSAC before and after the event. From Lembo's email, that testing will be robust, "He (Mir) has been, and will continue to be monitored via blood, hair and urine testing well prior to the event, near the event, pre bout, after the bout, and well after the competition date."
In closing, Lembo said that no more remarks would be forthcoming from the NJSACB until after UFC 169 takes place this weekend, " Any further comment from this agency will not be made until after the competition. At this point, both Mr. Mir and Mr. Overeem should be able to solely focus on their upcoming bout. Any distractions due to this issue would be a disservice to the contest."
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