Dan Henderson on TRT ban: ‘I still feel very confident I’ll be able to compete without it’

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UFC light-heavyweight competitor Dan Henderson discusses his opinion on the recent TRT ban, whether he feels healthy without it, and whether he plans on returning to it following his retirement from MMA.

Dan Henderson may be coming off a fantastic knockout win over Mauricio Rua in his last fight, but he is certainly not happy with the recent ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).

The former PRIDE two-division champion told MMAJunkie.com that even though the Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a ban on TRT usage in combat sports, he feels quite confident in his ability to perform without it.

"I've been taking TRT under doctor's recommendations to stay within normal limits and to have a healthier life." Henderson told MMAJunkie.com. "If I have to sacrifice that to be able to compete, then I can do that. I still feel very confident I'll be able to compete without it. "

Hendo believes he has been unfairly grouped with all testosterone users and labeled a cheater, when he has striven to ensure his levels never exceeded the legal limit. In fact, he strongly supports the idea of random drug testing in MMA, as it would be the most effective way to eliminate PEDs from the sport.

"A lot of people think that because I was on TRT that it was cheating in some way. I am sure that if you are naive about it and ignorant about what it is then it seems that way because it is testosterone but I am not abusing it, I am just getting my body back to normal range with everybody else.

"I've been very vocal about getting some sort of random drug testing. That would have been the biggest and best thing to do for the sport and clean up all the performance enhancing drugs. It's just a matter of a little more money but they would gain so much credibility if they would start implementing that.

I would love that to happen."

Overall, Henderson is disappointed that he will now need to look for an alternative method to boost his testosterone levels.

"It is a bummer that I am going to have to go out and look for alternatives to boost up my levels a little bit in a natural way. "

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