NSAC Bans Therapeutic Use Exemptions For TRT
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.27.2014
Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously voted on Thursday to ban ban therapeutic-use exemptions for testosterone-replacement therapy. The ban, which was proposed by commissioner Raymond "Skip" Avansino, is effective immediately and all fighters, including ones previously granted exemptions, will not be allowed to apply for TUEs for fights in the state.
Avansino argued that the commission didn't have the resources to effectively monitor exemptions and NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar concurred, noting that the exemption process was too resource-demanding with not enough payoff. The UFC has released a statement supporting the ban, which reads:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship fully supports the decision made today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the immediate termination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). We believe our athletes should compete based on their natural abilities and on an even playing field. We also intend to honor this ruling in international markets where, due to a lack of governing bodies, the UFC oversees regulatory efforts for our live events. We encourage all athletic commissions to adopt this ruling.
The ban will affect Vitor Belfort, who intended to apply for an exemption for his fight with Chris Weidman at UFC 173. Belfort has undergone TRT since 2011.