Four renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Nogi World champions have been suspended by USADA for an extended period of time, including one runner-up. The suspended athletes are Igor Feliz, Jonnatas Gracie, Roberto ‘Cyborg’ de Abreu Filho, Henrique Ceconi, and Vagner Rocha.
Vagner Rocha, who had previously disclosed that he uses testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), attempted to pre-empt the USADA press release by admitting his use of TRT. In a statement, he said, “I have no shame to say I am on TRT replacement for my body in accordance to a doctor.”
In response, Rocha criticized the IBJJF’s testing policy, saying, “Either you pay and test everyone on the podium or don’t test at all.”
Now another prominent figure in BJJ came out and admitted he’s been on TRT for close to 15 years – Tom DeBlass. DeBlass is a UFC veteran that last competed in MMA in 2013 (UFC in 2012).
DeBlass was never a BJJ World champion in Adult category, his singular claim to fame lays in 2015 Gold medal in Master 1 Absolute division. He also qualified for ADCC several times with his last run ending after he was defeated by Orlando Sanchez in 2017.
DeBlass admits to being on TRT for years
He shared a post on social media detailing that he’s been on TRT since he was 27. He’s currently 40 years old. His post reads:
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