Nevada commission bans testosterone replacement

Nevada commission bans testosterone replacement

CREATED Feb 27, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada state regulators are banning mixed martial arts fighters from using testosterone replacement therapy.

The Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously Thursday in Las Vegas to quit granting therapeutic use exemptions for fighters undergoing the possibly performance-enhancing treatment.

Chairman Francisco Aguilar tells The Associated Press that no fighters are being grandfathered in to the new policy, and no new applications will be accepted.

Aguilar says the board decided to just ban testosterone replacement therapy as a whole.

The move by the commission regulating mixed martial arts and boxing in Nevada comes after the Association of Ringside Physicians labeled so-called "unmerited testosterone" a health risk to athletes and their opponents.

UFC President Dana White also supported a ban.