Joe Warren Denies Wanting to Use TRT Before Bellator 98
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 10.02.2013
He didn’t want to mess with his body so close to the fight…
Former Bellator featherweight champion, Joe Warren, recently spoke possibly undergoing through controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) before his originally scheduled bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98. Warren reportedly applied for and received a therapeutic-use exemption to use TRT for the fight from the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. Warren's fight was later delayed three weeks to Bellator 101 after an MRI abnormality caused the fight to be delayed from Bellator 98. Below are some highlights on the issue:
Warren on why he hasn't used TRT yet but being open to the idea: "It's something I haven't even experimented with yet. It's all doctors talking with me and my family physicians. So it's something I'm open minded to, but I'm just not knowledgeable about it enough yet to even talk about it. But yeah, we were thinking about getting a little more in depth into it, but my fight was so close that I didn't want to mess with my body."
Warren on his contention that he didn't ask to use TRT for Bellator 98: "We sent all our medicals in, and they were sending it back, so there was so much drama that I was just trying to stay focused on training and doing exactly what they asked me to. I don't run from anything. I want to be legal, I want to be cleared, and I want everything to be on the page."
Warren on if he still plans on using TRT: "It's a health issue. I'm 37. I feel young. I've never had surgeries. I've never been hurt. But it's just not something from an Olympic standard that you think about. It's legal, but it's something I'm not knowledgeable about enough yet to talk about. It's something I'm looking into. I have seen doctors, have them done everything with me. But I'm not to the point yet where I've stepped into it."