I'm not sure if this is something that will matter 20 years from now, but the last man to get an exemption in the so-called "TRT era" of MMA will be Dan Henderson. He rematches Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 38, and had already applied to the Brazilian commission CABMMA when the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the controversial therapy. Nonetheless, Hendo is not happy about the ban at all. He spoke to MMA Fighting about the issue:
"Are they going to ban insulin for diabetics and other prescribed medications that get people into normal ranges?" Henderson said to MMAFighting.com. "Seems like they could have easily implemented random drug testing."
I just think that they took the easy way out," he said. "Instead of trying to get rid of the bigger problem of PEDs, they banned the drugs they had already approved for athletes with chronically low testosterone levels.
"I would love for them to do better. Random, no advance notice drug testing."
Henderson has been on TRT for a few years now, but stopped two months before his UFC 161 fight with Rashad Evans because he was not granted a TUE prior to that fight. He said that it's not going to stop him from continuing to fight, and he'll adjust to the changes after the Shogun fight on March 23rd. The ban also forced Vitor Belfort, another TRT user, out of his middleweight title fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 173. Lyoto Machida has stepped in to take his place.