Randy Couture at UFC 52While performance enhancing drug use in sports is always a hot-button issue, none has been hotter recently than talk about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts; well, except maybe the latest doping salvo launched at Lance Armstrong in cycling.

But with high profile fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Nate Marquardt, and others involved in the talk about TRT, and particularly in getting a therapeutic use exemption from athletic commissions for its use, it is the topic on nearly everyone’s lips.

And the talk covers all aspects. Some say that if there is a proven deficiency that a fighter should be allowed to use TRT to bring his testosterone level up to what is considered normal. Others say that TRT should only be allowed for individuals that have a proven condition, not just a deficiency.

Most men, as they age, eventually produce lower levels of testosterone, and that can be exaggerated in athletes. Then again, someone who takes other performance enhancers can inhibit his body’s natural production of testosterone, causing the low levels.

Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture recently weighed in on the topic as a guest on HDNet’s InsideMMA, having his own particular insight into why fighters may have lower testosterone levels and how to go about TRT.

“We put our bodies through a ton working out. It’s very, very strenuous; very, very physical,” said Couture, referring to professional mixed martial artists. “So if there are athletes that are younger that have low testosterone, it’s probably because they train like crazy people to do what we do.”

Couture, a UFC Hall of Fame member, actively competed in MMA until he was 47 years of age, so he has a lot of years to put perspective on how training and age can effect an athlete.

In fact, he has had his own experience with TRT and may have a slightly different take on it than those that are talking about it in regards to going to a doctor, getting a prescription, and taking shots to supplement testosterone levels.

“There are other natural ways, through supplementation, to increase your body’s own production of testosterone,” said Couture. “You still want to monitor it with a doctor so you stay within those normal parameters for a human being and you don’t come up positive for your drug tests.

“That’s the route that I chose to go as an older athlete. I went to a doctor. I got blood tests. I measured where all my hormones were. I started supplement program through XCAP (Xtreme Couture Advanced Pharmaceuticals, Couture’s supplement company) to increase my body’s own production of natural testosterone.”

The debate over TRT and other therapies as they relate to performance enhancement is sure to rage on, so don’t be surprised to hear more about it as the arguments continue.

For more UFC News and UFC Rumors, follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Royce Gracie has 'lost respect' for Conor McGregor

  • 9 days ago
  • 412 views

UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie recently expressed his disdain for Conor McGregor's theatrical antics targeting Jose Aldo. Conor McGregor's menacing behaviour from the UFC's world tour has provoked no read news >>

Forrest Griffin on Al Iaquinta's post-fight rage: 'You can't cuss on tv'

  • 3 days ago
  • 23 views

Forrest Griffin weighs in on Al Iaquinta's raging post-fight interview at UFC Fight Night 63. Al Iaquinta's post-fight fury following his closely contested split decision victory over Jorge Masvidal read news >>

Matt Hughes: 'All it would take is a phone call from Dana and I would be back.'

  • a day ago
  • 62 views

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes talks about a potential comeback, who he'd like to face, PEDs and the likelihood of a returning GSP. It's been two years since Matt Hughes, UFC Hall of Famer and pioneer read news >>

Watch the UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare Official Weigh-In Streaming Live on Friday at 3 PM ET

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 views

Before the 24 fighters competing on the UFC Fight Night 62: Maia vs. LaFlare on Saturday at the Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, they must first make weight on Friday in Rio de Janeiro. read news >>

TAPOUT! Demian Maia vs. Ryan LaFlare full fight videos preview UFC Fight Night 62 main event

  • 29 days ago
  • 19 views

In case you forgot, Demian Maia is a bad man. Especially if you let him take you to the ground and work his magic. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight -- once good enough to challen read news >>

The Question: Can a 1-Dimensional Fighter Still Thrive in the UFC?

  • 29 days ago
  • 3 views

Just six years separate Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare chronologically, but in their chosen profession, that might as well be a lifetime. The gap between them, stylistically and in the cage, is nearly read news >>

Conor McGregor media scrum in Brazil

  • 29 days ago
  • 21 views

Watch the UFC's Irish superstar talk to the Brazilian media about his upcoming featherweight championship bout against Jose Aldo at UFC 189 in July read news >>

Video: Conor McGregor throws real darts at Jose Aldo's face ahead of UFC 189

  • 29 days ago
  • 58 views

Conor McGregor was recently behind enemy lines, entertaining a crowd of curious onlookers as he threw darts at the face of Jose Aldo in a nondescript bar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of their UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62: Latest Vegas odds, lines and betting guide for 'Maia vs LaFlare'

  • 29 days ago
  • 8 views

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 62 event that is set to hit Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this weekend (Sat., March 21, 2015,), including best b read news >>