UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has no issues taking on any fighter that is on steroids. Photo via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.
"I've never seen anyone here at Jackson's MMA participate in any type of steroid use. I don't know anybody on our team that could possibly be taking steroids. And as far as Alistair Overeem, that's really his problem. Steroids is unfortunately a part of all sports and he was just the one that got caught.... It's really not my world, I'll compete against someone on steroids any day. I believe in some cases that people who abuse steroids have weakness in their hearts, you know, they don't believe in working hard. I'm not against steroids, I think in some cases you need steroids, like if you're an older gentlemen, or you have some type of illness or something like that, but when an athlete abuses it, I mean that's their business."
-- The hot topic over the last few weeks, other than the highly-anticipated Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans title fight at UFC 145 this weekend (April, 21, 2012), has undoubtedly been steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), thanks in large part to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and his failed pre-fight random drug test. Though the majority of critics and fighters who aren't on any PEDs feel that anyone using illegal substances has an unfair advantage, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones views it as a weakness and he has no qualms taking advantage of said weakness by fighting them anytime, anywhere, as he recently told Cagepotato.com. A steroid-free "Bones" isn't completely against steroids, as long as it's for a medical reason and the individual is knocking on senior citizen status. Athletes doing it, however, is a whole other deal, and at the end of the day, it's their business and their problem. Anyone surprised by the reigning 205-pound champion's non-hesitation and willingness to step up against steroid abusing fighters?