Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has become the latest fighter to be given a medical excemption to use Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
Following his unsuccessful bid to take the title from Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 last weekend the Nevada State Athletic Commission has now confirmed that Mir requested a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) prior to the bout and met the requirements which led to him being given permission to do so.
He’s believed to have first started the treatment in January, and applied for the TUE in March.
Speaking to ESPN’s Josh Gross, NSAC’s Keith Kizer also noted that, “Frank Mir was blood tested several times, including morning after losing to JDS. Keith Kizer said the May 27 result showed ~1:1 T/E ratio.”
That means he fell exactly in line with the levels of testosterone that would expected to have been found in an average, healthy male.
It’s interesting to note that in the days leading up to the fight Mir was asked by reporter Ariel Helwani for his take on fighter’s using TRT and he refused to answer the question which raised some eyebrows at the time.
TRT is now becoming a major issue in the sport and many are against the use of it, yet TUE excemption’s are now starting to become more prevalent with the likes of Chael Sonnen, Todd Duffee and Dan Henderson already having been granted permission to use the controversial treatment.