MMA columnist answers a few questions in his final column

Well, this is it everyone. I’m both sad and excited to announce that this week will be the last column I write for the Peninsula Clarion. I’m sad for the mere fact that we’ve just got to know one another. I’m excited because I will be moving to continue my education in the field of journalism. So, as you can see, it’s bittersweet. All right, let’s move to the good stuff. MMA stuff.

For my last column I thought I’d give you, the readers, the last opportunity to ask me any question you want, and you didn’t disappoint. Without any further delay let’s get to your Twitter questions.

What are your thoughts on the current testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) epidemic in mixed martial arts?

First, this issue is much more complicated then many make it out to be. TRT is used by individuals that show a deficiency in testosterone and need synthetic testosterone to increase said levels to normal status. The problem lies when individuals use TRT as a supplement to increase recovery time, muscle mass and retention. In other words, steroids.

My thoughts are simple: If you’ve followed the letter of the law then TRT use is legal. The problem is anyone can follow the “letter of the law” with a doctor’s note. Until there’s regulation change within the state athletic commissions — who dictate whether or not a fighter can compete while using TRT — the problem will persist within the sport of mixed martial arts. Keep in mind this is the CliffsNotes version of a much more complicated problem.

Can the Peninsula Fighting Championship survive long-term on the Kenai Peninsula?

Absolutely. First of all, the promotion is run like a business, which is a great start. Second, the demographic on the Peninsula lends itself to long-term sustainability, which is key in the continuation of PFC. More importantly, the fighters are taken care of and produce quality, entertaining fights.

As long as the Peninsula continues to support its local promotion and the PFC continues to deliver, then there’s really no end in sight. My hope would be that the PFC grows into the premier MMA promotion in Alaska.

Will MMA ever crack the top 4 sports in America?

Now that’s an interesting question. I want to say yes but it’s going to take a lot of time before mixed martial arts cracks the top four (football, basketball, baseball and hockey) in America. With the rapid growth of MMA — due to promotions like the UFC — the future of MMA is bright and trending upward.

If you’d like to continue to read my work then follow me on Twitter at @scottlevesque.

Scott Levesque has written a weekly column for the Clarion on mixed martial arts. He has covered MMA at the local, state and national level. His handle on Twitter is @scottlevesque.

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