After a couple years of controversial use, the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted in March to ban therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replacement therapy. TRT had been used by many mixed martial artists at the highest level of the sport including Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and several others. The decision to ban TRT by the NSAC was followed quickly by the UFC who, by contract, follow Nevada regulations when acting as commission in some international markets.
Since the initial announcement of the ban, the response has been generally positive. Former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin takes an opposing stance, however. In a recent interview with WHOA TV, Griffin defended the use of synthetic testosterone in MMA competition (via MMA Fighting):
"Here's what I don't understand, What's wrong with wanting to be better at your job? You only get one life. That's it. I didn't mean to have this sh***y body with sh***y genetics. I wanted a better one. I'll be honest. I wanted to be much bigger, stronger and faster.
"People think TRT's for lazy people. No, you're just trying to improve yourself. All the drugs in the world ain't gonna turn a Chihuahua into a Pit bull. I could do all the TRT in the world and [Jon] Jones would beat my ass every day, all day, but I could be the best me."
"I don't think people get it, so f**k 'em. They take drugs just to stay happy. You take Prozac? Quit taking Prozac. No drugs but antibiotics. Don't take drugs to improve yourself. Your kids take Ritalin? No! Bulls**t. They're doing that to cheat in school."
Griffin's sentiment should come as no surprise. In the final bout of his UFC career, he was granted a TUE for TRT by the NSAC at UFC 148.