April 18, 2013
UFC: Jones says Sonnen has 'done steroids throughout his whole career'
Chael Sonnen is known as the UFC’s top trash talker. But Jon Jones might have dropped the biggest bomb in their verbal war. Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, said Sonnen has “done steroids throughout his whole career” on Fuel TV’s “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday. The two men will fight with the title on the line April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark. Sonnen, to this point, has been the aggressor in the battle of words. He’s been ripping Jones since last August. Most recently, he brought Jones’ 2012 DWI back to the forefront, telling him “go get in your car and hit another tree. Do whatever you have to do to stay away Jon – you don’t want to fight me” last month. Jones has been quiet and says he doesn’t want to go blow for blow with Sonnen until they actually step into the cage. “Chael Sonnen is doing what he does best,” Jones said on “UFC Tonight.” “He’s promoting a fight. And I’m gonna let him do it.” Yet, the champ took no mercy in pinning Sonnen as a performance-enhancing drug user. And there is a basis for his claims. Sonnen was busted for elevated testosterone levels after losing to Anderson Silva in a middleweight title fight back in 2010. Sonnen is also a known user of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), a doctor-authorized treatment because Sonnen has lower testosterone ratios than others. TRT has come under fire recently by the UFC and president Dana White, because of how easily it can be abused. “Chael Sonnen is a guy who people know he’s done steroids throughout his whole career,” Jones said. “It’s probably the reason why his testosterone is low now. I don’t think that’s the heart or the attitude of a champion.” Jones apologized for the comments Wednesday on Twitter, but didn’t seem very reconciliatory. “I had no right to accuse chael of being a career long steroid user I apologize,” Jones wrote. “See what had happened was….” Sonnen and Jones put on a good face for the cameras during “The Ultimate Fighter” over the winter when they coached against each other. They kept it respectable and about the competitors vying for a UFC contract. But it’s clear there is no love here. Sonnen has no real claim to being the No. 1 contender in the light heavyweight division. But he poked, prodded and trash-talked his way to a title shot. He’s one of the biggest draws in UFC history though he’s never won a title in the company and it’s because he’s the best promoter in MMA. Financially, this fight makes sense and the hype over the next two weeks should only increase.