By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Rich Franklin has done his research on Testosterone Replacement Therapy and although the 37 year old former UFC Middleweight Champion has considered the treatment in the past, he explained to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour this week why he opted to not go through with the option:
“Yeah, I've kicked around that idea and everything, and actually I've talked to doctors that work with the UFC and the athletic commission in Nevada and all that kind of stuff. And at 37, my count obviously is not what it was when I was 25, and I'm a candidate for that kind of stuff. I haven't started yet.
“I'm not sure if that's something I want to do or how I want to approach that, because TRT is … once you start that process it's a permanent fixture,” he continued. “Once you start putting those hormones in your body — those synthetic hormones — then your body is not going to produce its own hormones any more, and so you really have to think carefully. My levels are still decently healthy for a male, but they're not high enough to continue a prolonged career at a top level for many more years.”
Franklin will be back in action at UFC 147 when he takes on Wanderlei Silva in Brazil.
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