Many Media reporters, and general MMA fans on MMA forums, are making TRT synonymous with Steroid abuse. Most of these people figure “Oh, you get Testosterone while on TRT, and Testosterone is used as a performance enhancer, so they must be the same thing!” It drives me NUTS! I spend so much fucking time explaining to morons that supplemental testosterone gives you ZERO performance advantage if you keep yourself in normal ranges. If a guy on TRT has a T level of 800ng/dL, and an exact clone of himself has 800ng/dL of natural Testosterone you would see no difference. These ignorant people have no idea about the causes of hypo, and they all assume it was past steroid use. They also seem to think that lowering T levels as you age is a good thing because it’s “natural”. I have spent so many hours trying to educate people on MMA forums about the difference between TRT and Steroid Abuse, and it’s mostly in vain - they see that it’s the same chemical and don’t understand the difference between medical necessity and performance enhancement.
I was training to run the amateur MMA circuit here in CA when I was 18, just before getting hit by a drunk driver, needing 4 shoulder operations, and the whole cancer thing. I am really passionate about the sport, but I hate how many MMA fans have no fucking clue how TRT or Steroids work, how people are diagnosed with hypo, and how Testosterone by itself doesn’t do anything performance-wise. I hate when people say “all you have to do is shoot up and you can gain 20lbs in a month”. Yeah, I’m sure steroid users just inject and never go to the gym or anything.
The whole situation sucks, and it puts a huge stigma on TRT and those who actually need it. I wish people could take 15 seconds to learn about it before running their mouths about something they don’t know dick about. One guy said “Chael Sonnen will have his pre-fight testosterone test, then inject hell of T, and then, by the time his fight is over and it’s time for the post-fight test, all of the T will have left his system and he’ll be back at normal levels”. I said “Testosterone doesn’t work like cocaine”. Sadly, it’s the fans fault for TRT getting such a bad rap. The fighters don’t help much, but I blame it more on the Media and people who post on MMA forums for all the BS going on.