During yesterday TUF 17 press conference we heard the expected snark remarks from contender Chael Sonnen on his opponent Jon Jones, however it wasn’t a one-sided verbal assault. Jones chose to strike back at Sonnen on the topic of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as Sonnen has been publicly advocating his use in the sport, going as far as saying “I would die without it.” In the champions eyes, this is “absolutely terrible” to have in our sport.
“I think it’s terrible. I think it’s absolutely terrible if you’re going to consider yourself an athlete. TRT would be perfect for Chael Sonnen if he wasn’t competing in one of the toughest sports in the world,” said Jones.
Jon went on, pointing out the fact that Sonnen will not only have the advantage of experience, but will also have the unfair benefit of health of a 20-year-old.
“I think Chael Sonnen made tons of money when he was a young guy, and now he’s an older guy. And now just to be able to take a drug and super-enhance yourself back to where you were in your 20′s is bull.”
“Right now I’m 25, I’m sure I’m not as giddy and happy-go-lucky as I was when I was 20, so if I take a drug at my 25-year-old age and have the energy of a 20-year-old, it just wouldn’t be fair. Everyone would hate me if I did it, but Chael Sonnen gets to do it? I think it’s bull crap,” Jones explained.
Shockingly, Sonnen followed up with “I don’t have any comment on the topic,” even saying mid-way though the rant – “Let’s get off this subject.” Very out of character for the brash TRT spokesmen. That didn’t mean Sonnen held back on other topics though, as he questioned Jones’ legitimacy as a champion calling the division a “revolving door since Couture and Liddell left.” With both men already trash-talking, it gives a sample of what we can expect from the upcoming TUF 17 show.