At the ripe age of 25, UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (Pictured) is still several years from even sniffing the prime of his career. Dan Henderson, on the other hand. is just three days out from hitting the big FOUR-TWO and will be packing Testosterone Replacement Therapy in his back pocket for their UFC 151 shootout.
While Henderson has been the most vocal fighter taking the medically prescribed treatment, the former Strikeforce champion marks the first TRT patient Jones has ever faced (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson started his regimen after his loss to Jones). While Jones hasn’t given too much thought into the advantages Hendo might have from the controversial drug, he believes any professional athlete who requires such extreme measures to compete shouldn’t be inside the Octagon.
“That’s a pretty controversial topic, I’m not sure I should go there or not,” Jones said during Tuesday’s conference call before detailing his disdain for TRT and other PEDs. “Basically, I believe that if you’re healthy enough to play a sport, you shouldn’t take any performance-enhancing drugs or anything with 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.”
The cheater’s handbook for TRT suggests athletes are manipulating the regimen while preparing for a fight. They will jack up their testosterone levels beyond normal ranges in order to push their bodies to its outermost limit. As showtime steadily approaches, they will then taper off the treatment to get their testosterone back to a natural level – therefore, no flunked drug tests.
It should be noted Henderson has never registered beyond normal levels of testosterone or failed a drug exam. He has also never hidden from his use of the drug.
Nonetheless, Jones professes au naturel is the only way to be.
“I think things like TRT and steroids should be for the sick or for the normal people that really need the drugs,” Jones stated in closing. “But athletes, if you’re an athlete, be an athlete. I don’t think anyone should have anything that enhances them.”
Jones defends his throne against Henderson next Saturday inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.