Oh, look, it’s our old friend Testosterone Replacement Therapy. I remember you from Chael Sonnen’s sketchy ass steroids case. Now I see you’re friends with Nate Marquardt. From the Bloody Elbow play by play of Nate’s appearance on the MMA hour:
Nate’s here with his manager from Alchemist MMA Lex McMahon. Nate says he wasn’t cleared to fight because of a situation he’s dealt with since August. Feeling sluggish, horrible. Memory was off. Doctor did tests, which came back for low testosterone.
He went on testosterone therapy. Went to the UFC to discuss it. He went on treatment. Was on treatment until the first of this year. Applied for therapeutic-use exemption for fight against Dan Miller. Commission allowed it, but they wanted Nate to do tests after fight. Go off treatment for 8 weeks and take blood tests. Nate claims he went off treatment, took the three blood tests. Results came back and doctor wrote letter that said Nate had low testosterone and was a candidate for treatment.
Personal doctor recommended he go back on treatment. This is three weeks out from Story fight. Doctor recommended more aggressive treatment given proximity to the fight.
[1:10 p.m.] Doctor said treatment wouldn’t be worth it if it wasn’t more aggressive. Nate took treatment for two weeks. Took a blood test to make sure he was within normal range, but that test came back high (out of range). Nate started to panic.
McMahon notes that doctor told Nate to stop treatment to get back to normal levels, which he did.
Nate admits he should have requested testing earlier from his doctor. Nate took several tests the week of the fight, which showed his levels falling, but still above acceptable range. Close by weigh-in, but still above. At that point, the Pennsylvania commission told him he wouldn’t be able to fight, put on suspension.
Ariel asks why Nate had lowered testosterone. Nate runs through symptoms: sluggish, no energy, poor memory, etc. Talks about other tests they ran: brain scans, mono test, blood test for other hormones. Nate runs through list of possible reasons: genetic, problem with testicles, pituitary gland problem. But Nate isn’t sure why he personally has low testosterone.
You know, I’m starting to get just a tiny bit suspicious hearing about these pro athletes who ‘totally legitimately need testosterone injections.’ Call me a cynic, but it sounds less like a necessary thing and more like a nice legal way to juice and get away with cheating. How many other fighters in the UFC have this dreaded testosterone deficiency, I wonder?