There’s no argument surrounding the fact the testosterone levels of men decrease as they age. However, what has been a hot topic these days ”“ especially in the MMA world ”“ is the need for fighters in their early/mid-thirties to undergo Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Many critics feel doing so is a competitive advantage given the effects of addition testosterone, while athletes argue it’s simply a mean of extending their shelf life using a naturally produced substance.
One of the few voices everyone in Mixed Martial Arts listens to when he speaks is Randy Couture, a decorated former UFC champion and one of the most popular fighters in the sport’s history. Recently “The Natural” weighed in on TRT, saying he wasn’t completely sure how the matter should be handled but believes there are people abusing it.
“There is such fine line with all of the anti-aging stuff that’s out there now,” said Couture in an interview with MMAFrenzy. “TRT is generally something a guy does in their 40’s and 50’s when their natural production of testosterone drops off. There are other natural ways to boost your own body’s production without replacing it and it’s safer as well, but it still should be under the care of a physician. It’s a very fine and a very personal thing and there is no easy answer. An athlete is using his body to earn a living and entertain the fans, they want to get the most out of themselves, but sometimes they go too far with it.”
The most recent case of testosterone use crossing the line occurred a month ago with Alistair Overeem testing positive for more than twice the allowable T:E ratio. As a result Overeem will be sidelined until at least late December based on his inability to get licensed in Nevada (or likely any other State).
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