Dan Henderson was one of the first fighters to apply for a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the state of Nevada. Henderson was granted that exemption when he faced Wanderlei Silva in 2007 under the PRIDE banner. When Henderson next fights in Las Vegas, versus Daniel Cormier at UFC 173, he will do so without a TRT exemption.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) elected to ban the use of TRT during a February meeting. The ban included those, like Henderson, who had been previously granted exemptions in the state.
Henderson (30-11) recently spoke to IInside MMA about the NSAC's decision to ban TRT. To hear the 43-year-old light heavyweight tell it, the ban does not address the real drug problem in MMA. Henderson said the ban doesn't "Tackle the problems of people abusing - they're going to abuse drugs no matter what. And the guys they already tested more than anyone else, they kind of dropped the hammer on them instead of across the board implementing random drug testing and no advance notice drug testing. I feel like that is the way to handle things, and to really clean up the sport. To do what they did, maybe just being uneducated about it or (they) just don't care."
When asked about how his training has been going without the use of TRT Henderson said he feels "pretty good" and he doesn't notice much of a difference other than maybe spending a little more time on the couch.
Henderson is currently ranked No. 6 in the UFC's light heavyweight division; he will face the No. 4 ranked Cormier (14-0) on May 24 in the co-main event of UFC 173.