At the beginning of 2013 UFC President Dana White talked pretty openly about how he thought that there were many people using steroids and using Testosterone Replacement Therapy as an excuse. UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner is now saying that the UFC is now following the NSAC guidelines, and that exemptions for testosterone will be a lot harder to get in the future.
Marc Ratner told MMA Sentinel:
We’re still studying that. There are a few guys that are on this therapy, and now we’re following the state of Nevada guidelines, where they have to go to an endocrinologist and get a complete history before they start doing anything. I think you’ll see less guys on it, because it’s going to be harder to get that exemption.
Are there any other steps or policies you are considering just now, or that are planned for the future, to help combat PED use, that you can tell us about?
Marc Ratner: I think we just have to keep educating. Every year we bring the fighters in for the summit, and we go over the dangers of PED use. One of the big problems is that some of these fighters have played football or other sports, and they have taken something in the past, so we have to try to make them understand the dangers. This sport is so new, it’s only 20 years old, that we don’t know the effects of everything ten years from now, or twenty years from now. We really believe in education and health and safety, which is the reason you have commissions.
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