It is often said that Nevada is the fight capital of the world and this seems to be the case both in and out of the cage. This past week the Nevada State Athletic Commission made the decision to ban testosterone-replacement therapy altogether (TRT), a move that saw immediate ramifications when it came to the upcoming UFC middleweight title fight. However, the decision has more far reaching implications than just that individual fight. In the aftermath of the decision, the Brazilian Athletic Commission, Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), has decided to follow suit and ban TRT also.

All this means that for the time being at least, testosterone- replacement therapy will not be a possibility for MMA fighters looking to make a name for themselves in perhaps the two most prominent markets for the UFC. Over the last few years, Brazil has showed continual growth for the UFC at least whilst Nevada has and always will be a mainstay of the UFC’s yearly schedule.

Whilst the implications of the ban may still be in the process of being discovered in Nevada, the implications of this decision in Brazil are perhaps more obvious and immediately apparent. Dan Henderson will be the last man to receive an exemption for TRT given that he began his training camp for his fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua with a therapeutic-use exemption firmly in his back pocket. Thankfully, the Brazilian commission has had the common sense to allow this exemption to remain in effect and so Henderson will compete against Rua on March 23. This is perhaps in contrast to his American counterpart Chael Sonnen, who will be unable to receive the benefits of TRT in the build up to his highly anticipated bout with Wanderlei Silva.

Whilst Vitor Belfort may have come out and said that he will need time to wean himself off TRT, Sonnen has seemingly taken the opposite approach. Sonnen seems to be of the opinion that regardless of the regulations in place, a fight is a fight and that is what he has signed up for.

The decision of the Brazilian commission is common sense more than anything and may well be a blessing for Brazil’s biggest rising star. It will now bring to an end the constant doubts over Vitor Belfort’s legitimacy and recent win streak. For many, the common belief is that Belfort has fought largely in Brazil over the last few years in an attempt to mask his disregard for fair play and unsubstantiated claims of his abuse of the TRT process.

Moving forward it seems as though MMA is set to be given a fresh coat of paint on a global scale and TRT will simply not be an option for fighters any longer.

About The Author

Greg Byron
Staff Writer

Greg Byron started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after his brother introduced him to a local MMA fighter/coach when he was just 16 years old. Greg has trained for nearly a decade in both BJJ and MMA, competing in several grappling events within the UK. In addition to MMA, Greg possesses a law degree and works for a firm in northern part of England.