The recent attention given to testosterone replacement therapy has really fired up some folks around the MMA world. Ben Askren straight up called Nate Marquardt a cheater. Bas Rutten piled on this week as well.
On HDNet's Inside MMA, Rutten showed no mercy for dopers.
"If you're take it for performance enhancing, you're a loser," Rutten said. "You see a lot of guys doing it. For me, the bigger they are, it shows weakness."
As Rutten was going on his rant, it was clear active fighter Dennis Hallman was squirming and getting agitated.
"The moment you're taking it, you're weak in the mind. If it's up to you that you have to take that [expletive], that's what I call it, to compete with the other ones, then don't compete," said Rutten.
Hallman chimed in by explaining why he uses hormone replacement therapy pointing to his issues with coeliac disease.
Rutten sounded like he's willing to accept the excuse put forth by some, but if you cross the line of legality with your testosterone limits, the former UFC heavyweight champ says throw the book at the fighter.
"I say just don't cross the line. If you're Nate marquardt [and you get] across the line, [it] wrecks a main event. That's a serious thing."
There seems to be one major issue with Hallman's explanation for his therapy. Don't forget, he tested positive for drostanolone and nandrolone back in 2007 after a win over Jeremiah Metcalf.
- Bas Rutten
- Dennis Hallman
- Nate Marquardt