Chuck Liddell: “It Seems Real Obvious” Jon Jones Used PEDs
By FCF Staff
As the MMA world waits to see what comes next for Jon Jones, following his latest potential doping violation, Chuck Liddell’s argued it’s “obvious” the star was using performance enhancing drugs.
Liddell appeared on the latest “MMA Hour” this week, and the former light-heavyweight champ was asked about Jones’ USADA flag for the anabolic steroid, Turinabol. While discussing the situation, Liddell said the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“He’s his own worst enemy,” Liddell said. “And he was such a great fighter, I don’t know why he decided — it seemed like he decided in his offseason that one time to start using steroids. And obviously he’s got his time in court, I guess, still. I don’t know. But it seems real obvious with his increase in size and stuff. But I don’t know that he needed that, and it just seemed like he got maybe around the wrong people, got around the wrong ideas, and decided he wanted to (use PEDs), and now he’s gotten caught. It’s sad.
“The Iceman” didn’t mention a specific time frame, but he was likely referring to 2015 and 2016, when Jones reported he was increasing his weight training regiment, as a means to put on muscle.
Jones was booked to fight Daniel Cormier last summer at UFC 200, but was removed from the bout shortly before, as a result of another USADA flag. Jones and his team claimed that a sexual performance enhancement pill he took was responsible for the positive test, and the pill did test positive for the banned substances. Officials rules that Jones acted recklessly, however, and he was suspended for one year.
As a result of that disciplinary action, Jones could be suspended for up to four years, as a result of this latest incident. The now former 205 champ has denied using steroids.