VIDEO: TRT and Ovetraining on a UFC Fighter Roundtable

Ariel Helwani held an interesting UFC roundtable discussion with Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, and Dominick Cruz.

One topic they addressed was what is perceived to be an increase in injuries of UFC fighters, the so-called “injury bug”. Now, whether there is an increase incidence or just more reporting of it due to social media and the internet remains to be seen.

Kenny Florian did bring up an interesting issue and that is that these fighters train under several different coaches (Muy Thai, grappling, strength, etc.) and they don’t have on coach that knows what to do with specifically MMA fighters. Perhaps once could make a role for an MMA Team Physician much like other professional sports have Team Physicians.

The other topic that was up for debate was whether Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT, should be legal. All of them but Rashad Evans thought it should be illegal. Rashad’s argument was that its a professional sport and all professional athletes look for an advantage. What was interesting was that all of them states they could get it for an “ailment”, which sounded oddly similar to how patients are so easily able to get medical marijuana in California. Furthermore, I am unaware of any professional medically-trained team physician or endocrinologist (a hormone specialist) that advocates for testosterone replacement therapy, especially as an atheltic adjuvant.

Here are the clips. Any comments are welcome.

2 Responses

  1. Blood
    Blood August 3, 2012 at 5:36 PM |

    They all say the only way to get ready for a fight is to spar hard. I’m sure that is true on some level, but probably not the end all truth of it. There’s a risk/reward factor to anything and missed time due to injury can never be gotten back and rarely do fighters come back 100%.

    Alan Belcher said on the MMA Hour (episode 128, around 13 min) he spars much less after his detached retina injury. He beat Palhares in extremely impressive fashion in his last fight, is fighting Vitor next, and is in title contention. Anecdotal sure but an example that there is more than one way to train.

    1. fightmedicine
      fightmedicine August 3, 2012 at 5:46 PM |

      Thanks for your comment and getting involved at!

      I agree that its hard to come back to 100% after an injury. As a medical community we try our best, but there is always evidence of an injury somewhere.

      Perhaps training “smarter” and not “harder” is the mentality to adopt.


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