Mark Munoz is the next fighter to step up and put his two cents in about the use of TRT in the sport of MMA.
“It’s cheating. I think it’s cheating. I think anything that’s synthetic that you put in your body is cheating. Get it from food, get it from training. That stuff jacks you up when you’re done. For me, I’m a family man, I have kids, I have a wife and I want to be there for them at the end. I think when you take PEDs or anything like that, it cuts your life short. When it becomes like that, it’s almost hedonistic. It’s not a sport anymore. It becomes more than a sport and it shouldn’t be like that. There’s more important things in your life than that. I frown upon that, I don’t like to ever see it but the truth is it is present. You can’t hide it because it comes out. But then again I can stand in front of you 100-percent saying that I’ve never taken a drug in my life. And I’m going to keep doing that, and I’m going to win like that. If people think I’m on drugs or PEDs or whatever, come train with me. I’ll show you my drugs. There’s no substitution for hard work.”
Fighters in the sport have been split on this subject, because the line is drawn over actual need or abuse. Dan Henderson and Dennis Hallman have legitimate needs whether it be from age or genetic disease. Then there are other fighters that use it where the line gets blurred. That can be seen in Nate Marquardt testing over the legal limits and ruining a quality matchup, or Quinton Jackson using it and coming in extremely overweight. It is hard to say where the line should be drawn on TRT. Obviously, people can abuse it, but when fighters monitor themselves consistently we get great fights like Shogun vs. Henderson. This issue will most likely be heating up soon, and more people will be piling on. Where do you, the fans, fall on this issue?