Jon Jones: Athletes shouldn't use TRT

by Tom Ngo | source:

UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, 25, is still several years from hitting his prime. Dan Henderson is just three days out from hitting 42, and will be packing Testosterone Replacement Therapy in his back pocket for their UFC 151 shootout.

During Tuesday’s UFC 151 conference call Jones detailed his disdain for TRT and other PEDs.

“That’s a pretty controversial topic, I’m not sure I should go there or not. Basically, I believe that if you’re healthy enough to play a sport, you shouldn’t take any performance-enhancing drugs or anything [like] testosterone. Fighters make a lot of money in their 20s, they make a lot of money in their 30s, and when they get in their 40s, unfortunately, you’re in your 40s. You should fight the way you fight when you’re in your 40s. Switch your style up to stay in the game.

“I don’t think you should be able to take a drug to pretty much give you the strength of a 30-year-old again. That’s like me saying, ‘Oh, I’m not as fast as I was when I was 20. Let me just take something to be 20 again.”

“I think things like TRT and steroids should be for the sick or for the normal people that really need the drugs. Not athletes. If you’re an athlete, be an athlete. I don’t think anyone should have anything that enhances them.”

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sextoymagic site profile image  

8/22/12 7:43 PM by sextoymagic

I think both handle interviews amazing. Both are far better spoken then majority of fighters.

Stea1th site profile image  

8/22/12 6:56 PM by Stea1th

 TRT doesn't make you super human. People need to see that TRT just bring you back to normal levels.

markiz site profile image  

8/22/12 5:45 AM by markiz

He's making excuses already. He's afraid of the H-Bomb.

skinnywussy site profile image  

8/22/12 4:30 AM by skinnywussy

Rhonda and Jones have the same problem right now. They were rocketed into the spotlight and they have no idea how to handle interviews. What you say to your friends when you're shooting the shit is not what you say to a large public audience.

man meets fate site profile image  

8/22/12 4:22 AM by man meets fate

A fucking 22 year old who body does not have any wear and tear should not be able to talk about trt

MixedMartialArse site profile image  

8/22/12 2:58 AM by MixedMartialArse

I agree 100% with the big Negro.

Farewell Brock site profile image  

8/22/12 1:51 AM by Farewell Brock

You guys are blind haters. Chael goes on trt he's the devilMir goes on trt he's the devilJones says trt is bad for the sport. He's a fake, and should stfu because he's only 24. If you're going to be a hater or a fighter badger pick a fucking side and quit flip flopping depending on who the thread is about

rundymc site profile image  

8/22/12 1:38 AM by rundymc

That.... is a very good point sir. I'd never thought of that.

Wehmer site profile image  

8/22/12 12:55 AM by Wehmer

I can understand TRT if the fighter in question has low testosterone due to illness or injuries etc, but for 'getting older'? Seems kind of a way to cheat the loss of your prime.Hendo has had a long, storied fighting career. He's set for life, if not from the money he's earned over the years, then from life as a former world champion/future Hall of Famer; books, motivational speaking, coaching, even film are all viable avenues where he doesn't have to take a substance to artificially induce youth and combat a very natural process called aging.No one wants to retire, but they do because it's their time. I like Hendo a lot and will be sad when he retires, but sometimes it's what you've got to do. When the option is prolonging your career artificially by way of chemical enhancement or retiring at the end of a long, good career, I think it detracts from you if you choose the former.

MMAFAN695 site profile image  

8/21/12 10:38 PM by MMAFAN695

  Dan has a great sense of humor...