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.