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Jon Jones Is His Own Worst Enemy - Chuck Liddell

Jon Jones Is His Own Worst Enemy - Chuck Liddell

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UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell has also given out his thoughts about Jon Jones drug issues, saying he was also disappointed with Win as everyone else after it was revealed by USADA.

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“He’s his own worst enemy,” Liddell said Monday on a special 400th edition of The MMA Hour. “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.”

Jon Jones might face a suspension lasting up to four years for his positive drug result, from a test conducted a day before he faced Daniel Cormier for the UFC  title on UFC214.
The fight had which ended with a third round Knock Out has now been reversed to a no contest and the title striped from him. This makes the third time in three years he is striped of a title for used of Banned substances.

“It looked like there was a huge change in a short period of time, that one break he took,” Liddell said. “It seemed like he grew a lot over that time. So, I don’t know. I seem to think that’s when it started, but I don’t know. He hasn’t come out and said anything. It’s another tainted supplement (for UFC 214), right? So I don’t know. He gets his time in court, we’ll see what happens with that too.”

The UFC former lightweight champion also admitted, he would have loved to see him fight regardless of the positive PED result but would love the USADA to uphold their rules on banned substance in other to take out those cheating in the UFC, even if taking out the best.

“If you want to stop guys from using performance enhancing drugs, there has to be penalties when you get caught,” Liddell said, “because it’s always going to be a cat and mouse game between guys trying to catch them and guys trying to beat the tests and whatever. So you’ve got to make it cost you if you lose, if you mess up and you get caught. A progressive suspension is what you need. You need to get longer and longer the more times you get caught doing things.
“But I still, I wouldn’t want to see a four-year (suspension for Jones). I still want to see him fight again.”

Chuck Liddell deep down is still in support of the UFC relationship with USADA and believes that their team up is doing a great work in the Sport.
“I’ve said for a long time, you either have to do something like that, like the USADA thing where you’re trying to catch everybody (if they’re not) doing everything right, or just not worry about it and let guys just train and play and compete,” Liddell said. “So, what do you want to do? It’s one of those things. It’s just like the same thing when they had the exemption, so they could get the TRT exemption. I thought that was ridiculous.

"I was at an athletic board meeting in California and one guy said it was like getting a doctor’s note to use steroids, and I thought, ‘Well, he’s right.Why are you going to give these guys exemptions and let them use steroids, if you’re not going to just let everybody do it? And, you know, it’s better for the sport if everyone’s clean. Everyone is on a fair playing field. It’s safer for athletes, it’s safer for the fighters — it’s just a safer thing for fighters. So I think the USADA thing is good.”
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