Forrest Griffin is one of the godfathers of the modern UFC, he is what brought me to the UFC. At his is prime he worked over all fighters that came into the octagon against him. Now that he is retired, he is advocating the use of testosterone replacement therapy in the UFC.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission recently banned the use of testosterone replacement therapy, due to the fact that it was making an uneven playing field for fighters. Griffin said that TRT is seen as a way for lazy people to get better, while he sees it as a way for you to improve yourself. He goes on to say that TRT doesn’t automatically make someone a better fighter; it helps you to improve yourself. The best thing that he had to say is that no matter how much TRT you it “…ain’t gonna turn a Chihuahua into a Pit bull.”
What he means by this is that if a fighter does end up using TRT, he still is going to have to know how to fight. TRT doesn’t give you superpowers and you will not become the greatest pound for pound fighter in the world by using TRT. You would still have to go and train and fight all the time. You will not cannot, turn a timid Chihuahua into a ferocious pit bull just by giving them TRT.
Even though Griffin’s statement most likely fell on deaf ears, he is still completely correct in what he has to say. TRT, like any substance is going to drastically change a athletes ability to compete, you won’t be able to take a no name fighter and pump full of TRT and expect him to go and win a belt. It’s not logical to think like that, every champion had to work for what they earned and TRT isn’t the reason behind their belts.
Like Griffin said, you can’t turn a Chihuahua into a pit bull.