Former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion BJ Penn has always been vocal about his feelings towards performance enhancing drug usage on the MMA landscape.
“The Prodigy” has called out a multitude of fighters in the past and frequently made it known that he feels those who would turn to PED usage are weak cheaters. Though the fiery Hawaiian has remained mostly quiet on the subject as of late, the recent removal of Nate Marquardt from the UFC on Versus 4 main event due to elevated levels of testosterone as a result of hormone replacement therapy caused Penn to take up arms via Twitter.
“All this testosterone replacement therapy stuff is total BS,” he posted, continuing on with his tirade in a few subsequent posts.
“A true martial artist would never consider cheating!
“If you can’t do it of carbs, fats, proteins and vitamins and minerals you’re weak! Fighters on ‘roids = blue collar crime. Coaches of fighters on ‘roids = white collar crime.
“Everyone has to come together and get this “ped” cancer out of our sport!”
Whether or not you agree with Penn’s take on things, it should be able to be readily agreed upon that state athletic commissions and the UFC need to detail a regulatory policy in regards to TRT/HRT that is clearly stated and has clear penalties that don’t vary from fighter to fighter or from state to state. With two high-profile cases of TRT causing issues with state athletic commissions over the past year, it is clear that this is an issue which will likely not go away anytime soon and needs to be addressed by the implementation of definitive guidelines, both from within and outside of the promotion.