TRT Disallowed in California

June 12, 2013 9:47 am by Christopher Murphy


By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA


The California State Athletic Commission could be changing the mixed martial arts world dramatically, as it has placed a temporary ban on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) with a decision Monday.


In an 8-hour meeting, one of the items discussed was a new proposed rule that explicitly regulates the process for certifying an athlete’s application for a TUE.  Department of Consumer Affairs attorney, Michael Santiago, argued that without a regulation regarding testosterone, the commission should not be approving such use of a banned substance.


As reported by, Santiago “said that until there is a statute/regulation on the books regarding testosterone that the commission should not be using an ‘underground’ policy of approving T usage.  He argued that testosterone is considered a banned substance.”


UFC President, Dana White, has gradually shifted his stance on Testosterone Replacement Therapy.  Originally shielding much of the discussion with the athletic commissions’ decisions to allow it, he has recently come out against TRT vehemently saying that he believes some fighters cheat with TRT by elevating their levels higher than allowed during training camp, allowing them to train harder but still test within the allowed levels by the time of the fight.


The California State Athletic Commission’s decision to take a stand on this issue is a big step forward for combat sports.  Though it is only a temporary ban until the commission makes a ruling, the legal discussion on such a controversial issue has at least begun in the legislative arena.

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