It was recently revealed that, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir has been approved for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in his upcoming fight against Alistair Overeem, going down this weekend at UFC 169.
Doing their due diligence, Bloodyelbow.com, reached out to the NJSAC boss, Nick Lembo, for some details on the process Mir underwent to get his exemption approved.
His statement reads:
“Frank Mir has been licensed and medically cleared by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB)for UFC 169. Typically, the NJSACB does not discuss medical matters or drug testing. Such is due to applicable privacy laws.
Please be advised that we have chosen to honor the TUE’s for TRT for Mr. Mir already granted by the states of Nevada and Wisconsin. Those records were provided to this agency.”
Upon application in New Jersey, Mr. Mir was required to be seen by a board certified endocrinologist at a major medical institution for this particular exemption for this particular fight. The detailed report from the endocrinologist and applicable medical records were reviewed by our lead MMA ringside physician Dr. Sherry Wulkan.
He (Mir) has been, and will continue to be monitored via blood, hair and urine testing well prior to the event, near the event, pre bout, after the bout, and well after the competition date.
Any further comment from this agency will not be made until after the competition. At this point, both Mr. Mir and Mr. Overeem should be able to solely focus on their upcoming bout. Any distractions due to this issue would be a disservice to the contest.”