Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Low Test Mess: Nate Marquardt Offers Explanation for Failed Medical Exam

Poor Nate.
UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt confirmed what the rumor mill had already been churning -- that his failed medical exam and subsequent firing from the UFC were the result of above normal testosterone levels. He sat in on the MMA Hour with his manager, Lex McMahon, to publicly state his case.

Marquardt was slated to face Rick Story at UFC Live on Versus 4 this past Sunday. However, Marquardt's testosterone levels were not within the limits set by the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission, and was not medically cleared as a result. Marquardt's low testosterone situation stretches back to August of 2010, when he claims that he was feeling "sluggish and tired." He explained that his treatment was monitored, to the extent that he was cleared for his fight against Dan Miller in March. According to Marquardt, the UFC was fully aware of his therapies.

Nate Marquardt also explained that his doctors recommended more "aggressive" treatments about three weeks before the booked fight with Rick Story. But when a blood test showed high testosterone levels, he immediately discontinued treatment. A test on the day of weigh-ins still showed testosterone levels above the commission's allowable limits.

Cases like Marquardt's and the even more controversial testicles of Chael Sonnen shed a negative light on the sport. I can't speak for other fans, but I'm wondering what the real purpose is behind the use of hormone replacement therapy by young athletes like Chael Sonnen, Nate Marquardt, and Todd Duffee. These are men in their twenties and thirties who may not necessarily be at top speed, but should be in third gear at this stage in life. Now, I know that medical situations do occur -- yes, they do. But I'm thinking the demands of high performance are pushing some athletes to extreme measures. What I'm getting at is that guys are or probably have used anabolic steroids. Low testosterone levels are a well-known side effect of anabolic steroid use. So, as in order to counter this side effect they are taking up TRT to bring their test levels back within normal, or peak performance, range. Just theory...

Well, I'm getting tired of writing... Feeling sluggish, and a little moody. I guess I'd better call my endocrinologist.

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