The issue of testosterone-replacement-therapy continues to pop up in headlines, and while much of it has circulated around TRT user Vitor Belfort, Jose Aldo has dragged Randy Couture’s name into it.
While speaking to the Brazilian publication Tatame.com recently about TRT, the UFC Featherweight Champion relayed that he doesn’t have an issue with the treatments, before mentioning the “The Natural” (translation via MMA Fighting.com).
“I don’t see the problem with using TRT,” Aldo reportedly said. “Everybody uses [steroids], from the champion to the newcomer. I believe we [from Nova Uniao] are the only ones that don’t do that, because Andre (Pederneiras) was always against steroids. I think it’s wrong to criticize someone who came forward and said they take TRT.”
“Americans always used that,” he said. “Randy Couture fought until he was 50, and you say he was clean? If the doctors prescribe you and you’re on the limits, OK, I see no problem. If I need that one day, I will use TRT too.”
Now here’s the comment taken from Tatame.com, and translated via Google.
“The guy (Belfort) gave a slap to the face and said it uses, unlike others who use and hide. Incidentally, can not be considered the treatment that some of these fighters do: many take the same pump. It’s a lot of hypocrisy “, shot, and then finish. “Americans have always used. Randy Couture fight reached almost 50 years, and you will tell me that the guy was pure? If the doctor has the recipe for the face and is within the limit, beauty, I do not see any problem. If I ever need to, I will use the TRT too. “
So it doesn’t sound like Aldo’s accusing Couture of using steroids, but still, considering plenty of people aren’t on board with TRT either, bringing up Couture’s name could cause some blow back. The decorated fighter never tested positive for any PED.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, Couture just recently turned 50. His last bout, a KO loss to Lyoto Machida, took place in April, 2011 when he was 47. Amazing.
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