Following the news of Nick Diaz facing his second suspension due to marijuana use, while coinciding with a long list of MMA fighters now openly using testosterone replacement therapy, some have started to question the athletic commissions regulating.
Could it be ‘selective regulating?’ When you hear that an MMA fighter is allowed to elevate his or her testosterone levels to ‘enhance their performance‘, yet are banned from winding down with marijuana use (with or without a prescription), eyebrows begin to raise. According to UFC president Dana White, like it or not, that’s what the regulating body has came up with and he will follow any guidelines the commission passes down.
“My stance on the whole thing is, [marijuana’s] not allowed,” said White. “Whatever the commission says you’re not allowed to do, you’re not allowed to do. It doesn’t matter what I think, you think or anybody else thinks – it’s illegal.
“Listen, I’d love to say something right now that makes Nick Diaz free and clear and ready to fight again, but I can’t. It’s illegal. The commission says you can’t do it leading up to a fight, you can’t have any traces of any drugs inside your body – you can’t do this, you can’t do that. Those are the f——rules.”
“Now on the flipside, [TRT] is legal. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is something that you can do, it’s for guys whose testosterone is too low. Here’s what you’re supposed to do, you’re supposed to get it back to the levels of a normal guy your age, and if you’re even that much over [holding his thumb and index finger about an inch apart], now it becomes illegal.
“So again, it’s based on what’s legal and what’s not legal. That is legal, marijuana is not legal. I actually think that [TRT is] good, obviously it’s bad for these guys who have abused steroids early on in their careers. That’s what’s so terrible. Amongst all these other things that you find out – what’s good and what’s bad about using steroids – is that these young, talented guys, who are full of testosterone already, go in and start abusing these drugs.
“Now when you get up to your late 20s, which should be your prime, early 30s, now you’re all screwed up. You’re off the steroids and now you’ve destroyed your system forever where that your body can’t produce testosterone. These guys now have the medicine where you can replace it, they get you back to normal levels.”