For a guy that has so much to say about the follies of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, recently designated division number one contender Chael Sonnen was uncharacteristically quiet once the tables were turned. When it comes to testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), mum's the word.
Chael Sonnen: First off, I've been on both sides of an ass whoopin' and that's something that Jon hasn't, but he's also fought a lot of guys that are timid and are afraid of a fight. I'm gonna walk out there and get in a fist fight. As much as I'll admit, he's better. Skill for skill, he's fantastic, but I'm in better shape than him.
Jon Jones: You in good shape on TRT or off TRT?
Chael Sonnen: Let's get off this subject.
Jon Jones: I think TRT is terrible. If you're gonna consider yourself an athlete. TRT would be perfect for Chael Sonnen if he wasn't one of the most difficult sports in world. Right now I'm 25 and I'm sure I'm not as happy-go-lucky as I was at 20. If I took a drug to make me like I was at 20, people would hate me.
Chael Sonnen: I don't have any comment on the topic.
Sonnen, who reportedly suffers from hypogonadism (his nads are sperm challenged), was bagged and tagged by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) back in August 2010 for improperly disclosing his TRT prior to his first fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland.
It cost him six months on the sidelines.
"The American Gangster," who will be 36 by the time he fights "Bones," has since properly disclosed his TRT use (which began back in 2008) to athletic commissions prior to competing in the states of Illinois at UFC on FOX 2, Texas at UFC 136 and Nevada at UFC 148.
You can expect another therapeutic use exemption (TUE) when he returns to the Octagon next spring.
That's where Sonnen will challenge Jones for the 205-pound strap, following their respective coaching duties on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). But if all it takes to keep him quiet is the mere mention of TRT, this could be a very long show.
Who's watching anyway?