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Mike Dolce Discusses TRT Usage in MMA

January 29, 2013 | Posted by Larry Csonka

– Mike Dolce recently spoke about TRT usage in MMA. Here are the highlights…

On TRT Having a Place in MMA: That’s why I think the list of the criteria to enter into the TRT program should be extremely stringent. But the athlete’s need, the patient’s need, in some cases is legitimate. Those are the guys I believe are stepping up and they’re risking the public scrutiny by saying, hey, I’m doing this because my doctor says I should and the athletic commissions have legal remedies to allow someone in my situation to do this. The guys who are actually speaking up and being above-board with it, I don’t think they should be vilified. That was really the point of my rant on the podcast. They shouldn’t be vilified. They’re coming forward, letting their blood be reviewed by multiple agencies and entities. The media can be skeptical, but they’re being above-board about it and then they’re just getting kicked in the nuts. I think that’s the wrong way to go to truly clean up the sport. I think there should be tremendous oversight. I believe guys in the TRT program should be tested every four weeks, 12 months out of the year. If you’re in it, you’re in it for life. You get tested year-round, and if you’re above you get suspended. No fine, just straight to a safety suspension for four months, which seems like a good starting point. And while you’re suspended, you should still have to produce four months worth of blood work before you’re allowed to compete again. Because there are guys with a legitimate need, and they’re the ones getting vilified.

On Nate Marquardt Stopping TRT: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have access to his blood work or health history, so I’m just going to speak from an outside perspective. I believe Nate stopped using it based on the external, not because of how it made him feel or his blood work – all the internal stuff. He stopped, I think, because of all the extra baggage and the media scrutiny. That’s exactly what I’m talking about. He became vilified and left a medically sanctioned program because it was just easier. I’m assuming that Nate did everything above-board, that it was all legitimate. If it was legitimate and if it was agreed to by the commission, why shouldn’t he be allowed to do it? He got off it, which I would argue makes him less healthy now. Now he could be at risk, and look at his last performance. He had a sluggish, poor performance against [Tarec] Saffiedine, who’s amazing. A fight’s a fight, but that one additional point against him, I could say that did him a disservice.

On Comparing TRT to Insulin: It’s no different than injecting insulin if you need it. I see the science, I see the medical need, I don’t see it as anything different than insulin. In fact, insulin is much more of a PED. There’s a lot of research on that. Insulin can be a major PED, and that’s easy to get and take. That’s no problem. Look at bodybuilding, and it’s everywhere. Testosterone, I think, isn’t in the same category. There should be a stringent program to determine and monitor who does it and how they do it. I’m not saying that everybody should get on testosterone. But the guys who need it shouldn’t be vilified. That’s my main point. These guys are giving their blood work. Think about it, you can’t ask for someone’s blood work. That’s one of the most private things in the world. These guys are willingly giving it.



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