UFC 164 Opponents Frank Mir and Josh Barnett Have Different Views On TRT
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.31.2013
Check out their thoughts...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC 164 opponents Frank Mir (16-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Josh Barnett (32-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) revealed they each have different views on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Here are highlights:
Mir on using TRT: "Obviously, because I go to a medical doctor, it's explained to me in a lot further detail. I realize that being allowed to have a level of 600 (ng/mL), where it's only 100 above the lowest mark of being deficient, I'm nowhere near performance-enhancing levels. That's why they test us so regularly leading up to the fight, every two weeks, constantly monitoring where I'm at, so that if anybody were to try to abuse the system, [they] would immediately be flagged. So that being said, you only use it basically because it's a deficiency, and it would cause me to have problems in other aspects of my life – personality, mood swings and whatnot."
Barnett on not needing TRT: "I'm 35, but most of the camp (for Mir), I've been 260 pounds and fairly lean. So I just diet, exercise and keep a clean life. I don't think I can't compete like I used to, to be perfectly honest. I don't think things have changed, in terms of age and wear and tear. I try to work around other aspects. I know I'm not 22 and I can't just go out there and bash myself against the wall every day in practice and not pay any consequences for it. But with age and intelligence comes wisdom, so I've figured out ways to work around that. But I can beat anybody in the world right now. I don't feel like I'm struggling, which I imagine somebody with low testosterone, to the point that they would need to be given a doctor's exemption to take synthetic testosterone, would feel. I would imagine they would feel listless, without energy, and depressed, and unable to keep muscle on or grow or lose fat, or whatever the other side effects would be from low 'T.' But I don't have those side effects."
Barnett on learning Mir uses TRT: "Well, awesome. It's great when you get to kick the crap out of somebody when they even have to go the extra mile and take additional supplements to try and beat you and get an exemption for it, when they've done everything they could possibly do, including towing the line of legality in a way. That's awesome. If they want to give him brass knuckles, that might just up the stakes."
Mir on if he needs it: "I was still able to win fights. There was never an issue as far as being an athlete. I'm only doing the medical [treatment] actually because of my personal life, how it keeps me as a healthier person and longevity and my day-to-day routine with my wife and my children. So as far as sports enhancement, we're not anywhere near those levels. If anybody says that having a 600 is sports enhancing, I think they need to do a little more research."