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UFC President Backs Doctor’s Bid For Testosterone Ban

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Riki Fukuda of Japan drives Nick Ring of Canada into the ground during their middleweight boutat UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Riki Fukuda of Japan drives Nick Ring of Canada into the ground during their middleweight boutat UFC 127 at Acer Arena on February 27, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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 LOS ANGELES (AP) — UFC President Dana White is thrilled by the Association of Ringside Physicians’ call for the elimination of testosterone replacement therapy in mixed martial arts.

Yet White still believes the UFC can’t be solely in charge of eliminating steroid users from its bouts, saying government athletic commissions should close the TRT loophole.

White tells The Associated Press he agrees with the ARP’s statement Monday supporting the elimination of therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone in boxing and MMA.

Several UFC fighters have been granted exemptions in recent years to use testosterone before their bouts, ostensibly for medical reasons.

White hopes the Nevada State Athletic Commission won’t grant an exemption to Brazil’s Vitor Belfort, who is expected to fight Chris Weidman for the middleweight title in Las Vegas later this year.

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