UFC Legend: Jon Jones Had ‘Huge Change’ In Muscle Mass


Until Jon Jones rose to prominence, Chuck Liddell was considered to be the best 205 pounder of all-time. At one point, the former light heavyweight champion was also considered to be the face of the UFC.

Jones then went on a historic title run, however, leading many to label him as the greatest fighter the sport has ever seen. Over the last few years though, “Bones” has had to deal with a plethora of issues outside of the cage, most recently being flagged by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for a potential anti-doping violation following his UFC 214 victory over Daniel Cormier.

As far as Jones’ issues outside of fighting go, Liddell feels as if “Bones” is ‘his own worst enemy’:

“He’s his own worst enemy,” Liddell said Monday on an 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.”

Liddell also referenced Jones’ time away from the UFC between 2015-16 as a potential timeline for when he could’ve began using performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs). During this time, Jones was dealing with legal issues, but he also became very involved with powerlifting, which added quite a bit of muscle mass to his frame:

“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.”

What do you make of “The Iceman’s” comments?

  • HeteroFriendly

    Its hard to really eyeball measure that with tall guys with long limbs.
    They dont get stocky so obviously like more normal height people.

    But he definitely looked different.
    He face was looking a lot more like the Tyrone Biggums character then I remembered him looking before. Kind of sweaty and distressed.
    I was figuring maybe it was just age and getting older.

    And his aggresive attitude was irritating to me, I liked Jon when he was at least trying to be a good role model, but I think we all just thought that he was embracing and steering into his worser personality traits and turning heel character.

    But now its starting to look more like just standard issue maniac roid rage.

    And interestingly that possibility really ddn’t occur to me at the time, becasue Jon isn’t the kind of person who NEEDS steroids. Why would I suspect him of doing something like that that he doesn’t even need. But Jon has behavioral issues, and does things that he doesn’t need to do.

    • deepgrim

      one of the reasons i think jones might have got on the p.e.d’s and i think blood doping is for his endurance. If you watch the stephan bonner fight from years ago he gasses out after 1.5 rounds, you can see his talent but there was still something missing. Now he claims to be partying most of a fight camp and still goes 5 rounds and is stronger in the championship rounds.