We like to think that people are rational and base their decisions upon a reasonable examination of the evidence at hand. But a lot of the research coming out from them brain scientists with their lab coats and godlessness suggests our stupid, greedy, corrupt subconscious makes the decisions and then our clever brain comes up with reasonings to justify those moves. So it doesn’t surprise me when a doctor comes along and tells a fighter all of his problems are caused by a testosterone deficiency, the fighter not only agrees but can go out and tell the world with a straight face that they’re suffering from a serious ailment and not trying to cheat.
One of those guys was Nate Marquardt, who was unjustly fired from the UFC just for taking too much medicine! He’s now preparing for a welterweight title shot on Strikeforce’s next card and tells Ariel Helwani he’s off his juice:
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to fulfill my dreams going that route (TRT). I just feel it was so much of a hassle and stress with the commissions and all that, I guess, that the right thing for me to do right now is to choose not to do it. And you know, definitely I’ve pursued a lot of other stuff to try to help my health and a lot of it’s helping. I feel great right now. I’m in really good shape, and that’s not something I’m worried about right now. I’m sure there are guys who misuse TRT, but there’s also guys who plain out use steroids. Guys are going to cheat no matter what. That’s something that you can’t get around.”
Mike ChiaPet is starting to get suspicious. His latest article on MMA Fighting casts a dubious eye across the TRT landscape, including Nate Marquardt’s recent switch back from the dark side:
Last June, Marquardt sat in The MMA Hour studio with Ariel Helwani and, while crying on two occasions, explained that TRT had saved his marriage while addressing problems with sluggishness, memory loss and irritability. That seems a lot to give up on just because of a “hassle” with commissions.
I’m not gonna get on Marquardt’s back too much over a decision to do the right thing. There’s enough guys out there juicing to the gills or running this TRT scam to spread my hate around.