Travis Browne could follow the likes of Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Antonio Silva, Frank Mir and others in applying for – and being granted – an exemption to use TRT.
Browne, who is set to face Fabricio Werdum later this year for a future UFC heavyweight title shot, doesn’t believe the use of TRT should be allowed in MMA.
“They should outlaw it,” said Browne, during a recent interview with Gareth Davies of The Daily Telegraph. “But it’s not my job to go out there shouting that it should be that way.”
Browne confirmed that he was told by a doctor that he has low levels of testosterone after a routine check-up, adding, “I got tested. I did a full blood test to see where my body is, where the deficiencies might be; to see if I might be lacking in anything.
“They asked if I wanted my testosterone checked, so I said sure. For my age, I am low. I could go out and get TRT if I wanted to, but why?”
Many fighters have followed that path, with some even cycling off TRT before certain fights. “Hapa,” who is 7-1-1 in his UFC career with recent wins over the likes of Josh Barnett and Alistair Overeem, explained his reason for turning it down.
“It’s going to give me an excuse to lose,” he said. “I don’t need that. It’s mentally weak. I don’t care. I don’t care if I’m lower, here, higher there; I’m going to fight you either way. I’m going to punch you in the face either way.”
Browne made an interesting point in the article, talking about wanting Jon Jones’ 84-inch reach.
“I want an 84-inch reach, let’s make it fair,” he said. “But we can’t do that. We are all physically different. Live with it.”
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