The big news last week was that TRT has been banned by the UFC.
Now that we have that out of the way, my question is, does it even matter?
A large reason for TRT being such a prevalent topic is due in part to Vitor Belfort's late career resurgence while being on TRT. He has head kick KO'd his way through top 10 competion in 2013 and it was looking like he was well on his way to the middleweight title. Then the bottom fell out with the aformentioned ban from Zuffa.
All this being said, did TRT really have that much of an effect on fighters and fights as we want to believe? Besides Vitor, how successful have users of TRT been at the highest level of MMA?
Since returning to the UFC, Dan Henderson is 1-3 in his last 4.
Frank Mir has lost his last 4.
Nate Marquardt has lost his last 3 (Although he claims to be off the T).
Bigfoot Silva is 2-3-1 in his last 6.
Forrest was on it, and barely managed to get passed a shell of Tito Ortiz..
And the "Cheezus" believer himself (Vitor) was rumored to have been on the "T" dating back as far as the Anderson fight. In which it helped him get kicked in the kisser by Silva and then later have his arm torn off by Bones.
Out of these top level MMA fighters that are or have been on TRT, only one (Vitor, again) has had any real success while being on it. This begs the question, does TRT really give any real advantage? Based on these numbers, I'd say no. Does TRT allow for faster recovery and the ability to train harder? Most likely. But ultimately the cream rises to the top. In my opinion, TRT isn't much of a factor in relation to the success an MMA fighter has in the cage. Skill is going to trump drugs. I am sure I will get many disagreements here, but the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding says Belfort is the exception, not the rule.