Jon Jones Speaks Out Against TRT Use

August 21, 2012
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Jon Jones UFC 145 WorkoutsWhen Jon Jones meets Dan Henderson next weekend at UFC 151, for the first time in his career he’ll compete against an athlete that is currently undergoing treatments for testosterone replacement therapy.

Henderson has been at the forefront for usage of the controversial drug therapy program that treats people with low testosterone and brings them back to the levels they had at a younger age. He was first approved for the treatment by an athletic commission all the way back in 2007, and has stated in past interviews that it became necessary as his body got older and his natural testosterone levels dropped.

The subject of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and its usage in MMA has been a hot button topic of the sport over the past few years as more and more names pop up as users of the program. Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, and Chael Sonnen have all used TRT and been approved for the usage by differing athletic commissions.

Twenty-five-year-old UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will face Henderson on Sept 1, and, admittedly, he’s not a big fan of TRT usage because he believes it all boils down to one fighter having an unfair advantage over the other.

“Basically, I believe if you’re healthy enough to play a sport, you shouldn’t take any performance enhancement drugs or testosterone. Fighters make a lot of money in their 20’s, make a lot of money in their 30’s, and when they get in their 40’s, unfortunately, you’re in your 40’s,” Jones said during a media conference call on Tuesday.

“You should fight the way you fight when you’re in your 40’s, 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.”

Jones continued by saying that as everyone ages their body changes, but in a high level competition like mixed martial arts these treatments should not be allowed.

“That’s like me saying 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 and things should be for the sick or for the normal people that really need the drugs, but athletes; if you’re an athlete, be an athlete,” Jones stated.

Whether it’s steroids, TRT or any other performance enhancing drug, Jones is not a fan and doesn’t believe fighters should be allowed to use them.

“I don’t think anyone should have anything that enhances them.”

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  • Food? Training?…. all these things enhance people there Bones.

    • You’re comparing eating to hormone replacement? Geez…that’s just unbelievable.

  • chrishernandez

    I like Jon Jones, but as a 25 yo he has no right to comment on this. Plus he is making a sh*t load of money in his twenties that Dan Henderson did not have the luxury of making. So I think he should hold his comment for sometime in the future as he may need TRT and will change his tune. Plus!! there are many people who jump on the “He used steriods previously and now needs TRT” which of course may be true, but there is a whole medical school of though that believes the crappy world we live in is sometimes to blame when young men ie Forrest and Mir need TRT.

  • Jon Jones, jumping on band wagons far after they passed.

  • BlackDog2009

    He’s getting his excuses ready for when Hendo knocks him out. The way I see it if he feels so strongly about it, he should shoot down any fight with any fighter on TRT treatment. That will show me some honest conviction Mr. Jones. Otherwise, you’re just making excuses just in case.

  • BlackDog2009

    by “shoot down” I mean, turn down the fights

  • worldchamp

    I think he should be coming out against driving under the influence before he turns to other subjects. Air out your own dirty laundry before trashing others.

    • bjjjay

      lol so true

  • atmosphere

    Vote Jon Jones!

    AGAINST: performance enhancing drugs for fighting
    FOR: performance debilitating liquids for driving

  • zacharydetal

    what a bunch of dan henderson nut huggers you guys are. Jones is the champion. If he wants to give his opinion on TRT he has every right to. TRT and his DWI have nothing to do with each other. Plus he makes some valid points.Stop being bias.

  • Brass Monkey

    I guess Jones shouldn’t take any creatine, supplements, juicing vegetables, vitamin C or multi vitamins. If his body isn’t naturally producing them then he shouldn’t be taking them, right?

    What it comes down to is that Testosterone is a natural by-product within the body. As long as an athlete is within the normal range, the doctor has no problem with it, the athletic commissions don’t have a problem with it, Jones should have no problem with it. He is just being a pussy.

    Funny coming from a guy who lives in a glass house.

    • zacharydetal

      really? you’re comparing vegetables and vitamins to testosterone. You’ll never get suspended because you ate too many vegetables. If you think using TRT is okay, then why do you need a Doctors prescription for it? why is it regulated?

      • Brass Monkey

        Yes I am comparing vitamins to Testosterone. You’ll never get suspended for having Testosterone within the normal range just as you won’t get suspended for using vitamin supplementation. The idea that someone gets superhuman from normal levels is sophomoric.

        The point is- the arguement against legally supplementing your body with T is intellectually bankrupt unless you are against any and all supplementation.

        Not that hard to understand.

        • atmosphere

          well said.

          i’m going to go a step further and argue that all surgical procedures should be banned as well. you should heal naturally without the use of science and medicine, as Jon’s lord and savior intended it.

          placing titanium pins in your broken hand gives fighters an unfair advantage in the ring and against Father Time.

  • somecokehead

    Jones is an arrogant prick … the man needs to teach the boy a lesson about respect. An extra (late) Bisping shot would suit Jones’ jaw.