Carlos Condit On TRT: “I Love MMA Because Of The Purity…(TRT) Just Muddies The Water”

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Add UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit to the list of fighters questioning the true necessity of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts. The 28-year-old recently sat down for an extended Q&A with GracieMag and when the issue of TRT was brought up, “The Natural Born Killer” did not hesitate to share his feelings.

“I think it’s a slippery slope, you know what I mean? You let guys start using testosterone and it’s – where does it end? You know what I mean? I wonder, especially for younger guys, I know Frank Mir’s a little bit older and of course your testosterone levels kind of dip as you get older, but some of these younger guys, you know, guys maybe in their late twenties and thirties using testosterone replacement therapy, I wonder, I wonder why is there testosterone low in the first place? And I, my theory is they may have been using something in the past, because when you use steroids, your body, after you get off has a hard time bringing yourself up to natural levels. I don’t know man. I’m not going to judge anybody, but that’s just, that’s not – I got to where I am without ever ever using any performance enhancing drugs.

I love MMA because of the purity of the sport and I think it just muddies the water when you start throwing stuff like that in there. And ultimately, it’s not up for me to decide. That’s for Athletic Commissions and I guess Dana White and the UFC brass to figure out what they’re going to do with that. But, you know, personally, that’s just, I have to just, you know, continue with what’s worked for me, and that’s just being clean.”

The Greg Jackson trained fighter has a similar opinion to many that have commented on the TRT craze. He understands why some older athletes may be in need of a testosterone boost because of low levels, but questions why those levels, especially for younger fighters, are low in the first place. He points to past steroid use as a potential reason. Condit’s thoughts on the subject aren’t exactly revolutionary, but as a self-proclaimed clean athlete, he feels fighters unnaturally fiddling with their testosterone limits bring question to the purity of the sport.

Condit also talks about his tentatively scheduled fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 154, the strategy he employed in the Nick Diaz fight and much, much more.

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  • Bob

    I have always been a GSP fan so of course i hope GSP wins.Carlos is lot more intelligent fighter than most guys in this sport ,so i am not going to talk about what he needs to do to beat GSP lol.
    IMO the coaching in MMA is absolutely garbage and that imo is why so many fighters do not improve or fight properly versus their current opponent.

    I hear a lot about guys training too hard and getting injured,i do not believe that for one second.You can never simulate that explosiveness that a real fight involves and the massive cardio needed for take downs ect ect.

    Carlos imo is going to run versus GSP which i will say is NOT a good game plan.Diaz was a retard ,he had plenty of chances to take Carlos down and didn’t.GSP would adapt much better in the ring and will take Carlos down.

    So rather than sometimes run or as he puts it move and avoid,he should have a game plan that will need to be met versus the REAL fight.The REAL fight will be a grappling match.

    The key is actually to go after GSP and force him into a defensive mode.Every fighter makes the mistake of standing still or in case of Carlos,he plans on moving,it is the wrong game plan to beat GSP.

  • RampageLOL

    Diaz won rounds 1, 2 and 5.

  • Diazisatool

    Condit won rounds 1,3,4,5.