Nate Marquardt on TRT ban: ‘I definitely think it is the right move to take it off’

Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

Former TRT user Nate Marquardt believes MMA is better off without the therapy.

Back in 2011, UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt was released from the UFC after it was discovered that he had tested positive for increased testosterone the day before his scheduled main event against Rick Story. Now, Marquardt has changed his tune and believes the ban on Testosterone Replacement Therapy was the "right move" to make.

"It was a very subjective rule on all these things depending on which commission you're in and all that sort of stuff. " Marquardt told Submission Radio. "I definitely think it is the right move to take it off."

Now a competitor in the welterweight division, Marquardt had stopped using TRT following his release from the UFC, and has since gone 1-3 in both Strikeforce and the UFC, including a KO loss to Hector Lombard in his last outing.

"The Great" sees the whole TRT process as a "subjective" one, where some fighters were given the privilege to use the substance because of the commission they had approached. According to Marquardt, even though some fighters may legitimately need TRT, the sport is better off without it.

"The way it was before was not fair. You know, it was kind of like 'oh some guys can do it, but some guys can't. You know, I think guys that legitimately need it, I don't know what to say about those guys. It's too bad for them, but you know, I think there's a lot of other sports where they don't allow it as well."

Marquardt is scheduled to headline the UFC's first Fight Night event in Auckland, New Zealand opposite James Te-Huna. The event takes place June 28th.

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