According to Larry Pepe from Pro MMA Radio, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is the latest fighter to apply for and be granted a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy.
Pepe revealed via Twitter a conversation with Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer in which he was informed that Mir had been deemed a worthy case for a TRT TUE prior to challenging Junior dos Santos for his title at UFC 146 last weekend.
NSAC’s Keith Kizer confirmed to me that Frank Mir met all requirements for & received TUE for TRT for UFC 146 fight against JDS.
Mir joins the likes of Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson, among others, to have jumped on the testosterone replacement therapy wave, a topic of contention in the sport.
Somewhat ironically, testosterone was the reason Mir got the title shot in the first place, but not his use of it. Original contender Alistair Overeem was suspended and forced out of his bout against dos Santos when he registered an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio on a surprise pre-fight drug test. It was learned at his hearing with the NSAC that his levels had been altered by an anti-inflammatory injection which contained testosterone that was administered to Overeem for a rib injury. Overeem claims he never knew that there was testosterone in the mixture.
Mir fought dos Santos for the belt last Saturday and was defeated by second-round TKO.
Editor’s Note: ESPN’s Josh Gross reports Mir’s May 27 test was below NSAC’s required 6:1 T/E.