Frank Mir Gets TRT Exemption For UFC 169
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2014
He fights Alistair Overeem...
MMA Junkie reports that Frank Mir (16-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) has been given a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for his fight with Alistair Overeem (36-13 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 169. He confirmed the news today.
Mir is currently on a three-fight losing streak, after suffering losses to fellow heavyweights Junior dos Santos, Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett. He also received an exemption for his UFC 164 fight with Barnett, which he lost by first-round knockout last August, a decision that was said to be controversial by some. This is the second time that he's publicly received an exemption for one of his fights, after his UFC 146 fight against dos Santos in Las Vegas. A loss for Mir against Overeem could be the end of his UFC run, which includes 20 fights and started in 2001.
UFC 169 happens Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The main card airs on PPV after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC President Dana White has changed his mind on TRT lately, the latest coming after the Association of Ringside Physicians called for the elimination of all therapeutic-use exemptions from MMA. Other known users include Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson.
Mir originally got his fight against Dos Santos after Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone levels and was removed in 2012. Overeem returned for a fight against Antonio Silva in Las Vegas. He lost in the third round and later tested with lower than normal T-E levels.