• Nate Marquardt DQed for testosterone use

      By: Anthony Roberts

      This is probably the weirdest example of sports doping that Ive seen in recent years:

      Nate Marquardt, a mixed martial artist, was allowed to fight at UFC 128 in New Jersey. At that time, he was going through the process of obtaining a therapeutic use exemption for his testosterone replacement therapy. Still with me? So The New Jersey State Athletic Commission Board lets Marquardt fight on the proviso that he be tested before and after his fight (vs/ Dan Miller). Heres where it gets weird: After the fight he needed to actually stop taking his prescribed testosterone and get retested eight weeks later. So the theory here is that within 8 weeks, ifprescription wasnt necessary, his testosterone levels would register as normal. Lets forget the fact that he could have easily beat the test by taking an anti-androgen (which isnt tested for).

      But still, this is a pretty draconian method of enforcement to force someone off a prescribed medication to see what happens when they go off. Imagine if they did this with other medications? Hey, stop taking that albuterol you need for your asthma attacks, and get on this treadmill.were going to see if you survive

      So he fights, then he goes off his script for testosterone. As it happens, the post fight testing returned a low enough hormone level to justify his prescription. And then he gets disqualified anyway. Why? Because he went through his personal physician for the prescription instead of an endocrinologist. So even though he needs testosterone replacement therapy, and had a valid prescription, he was DQed because of the type of doctor who prescribed it (apparently the state it was prescribed in does not recognize all doctors as being able to administer hormone replacement).

      So he needed the drug, it was prescribed, and he used it as recommended, but was still disqualified: yeah, you need this drug, and yeah its medically necessary, but f*ck you because you went to the wrong type of doctor.

      At some point there needs to be a modicum of common sense injected into the current sports doping policies and procedures of professional and amateur athletics or law-abiding athletes with a genuine need for hormone replacement are going to be fighting at a disadvantage. Literally.

      Source: http://www.anthonyroberts.info/2011/...-medical-need/
      Comments 3 Comments
      1. Rodja's Avatar
        Rodja -
        He wasn't disqualified; he wasn't medically cleared to fight and was removed from the card and subsequently cut from the UFC by Dana White.
      1. Bubbles's Avatar
        Bubbles -
        Dana White says Marquardt will never fight in the UFC again. Does anyone think this is true?
      1. DAdams91982's Avatar
        DAdams91982 -
        Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
        He wasn't disqualified; he wasn't medically cleared to fight and was removed from the card and subsequently cut from the UFC by Dana White.
        An article by Anthony Roberts.... How reliable.
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