- Joe Rogan believes Jon Jones could have been on steroids in the past
- Rogan gave his prediction for a potential fight between Jones and Francis Ngannou.
UFC color commentator Joe Rogan is as excited as the fans for the comeback of Jon Jones, widely regarded as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. Jones has been out of action since his last outing against Dominick Reyes in Feb. 2020 at UFC 247. He managed to edge out Reyes on the judges’ scorecards in a close-fought war that many felt could have gone either way.
Joe Rogan got convinced Jon Jones may have been on steroids
In a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan hosted PED expert Derek from More Plates More Dates (MPMD) to discuss the doping history of Jon Jones.
“When you covered the Jon Jones situation, that was very illuminating to me. I was like, oh okay. Then, you talked about the test levels, the epitestosterone to testosterone ratio and how it was all off. All of these points seemed to indicate someone who was supplementing with exogenous hormones. It’s a guy who’s a wild dude. He’s doing a lot of wild sh*t, he’s doing coke. It’s not like his body is a temple.”
Rogan is very interested in watching Jones fight Francis Ngannou
Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou got linked to welcoming Jones to the division. Rogan shared his thoughts on a potential clash between Jones and Ngannou for the title.
“The grappling of Jon Jones is very difficult to deal with. For a guy like Francis Ngannou, who was primarily a striker and was taken down on multiple occasions by Stipe Miocic, and really got dominated in their first fight. The question is, has Francis gotten better with grapling? Well, he definitely has because he beat Ciryl Gane with grappling. That was the fight he fought with his blown out leg… Francis beat him with grappling so Francis’s grappling even with a f**ked up leg has gotten a lot better. But has it got to Jon Jones’ level?
“That’s the big question. Jon took down Daniel Cormier who’s an Olympic wrestler. Jon is an absolute monster when it comes to grappling and he’s also just as tall as anybody in the heavyweight division. He has a phenomenal understanding of distance, he’s the very best at utilizing reach. When he goes up, how does he deal with these bigger guys? It’s interesting to find out… Jon has to be very aware of that. Francis has a giant striking advantage, giant.”
“Jon, his background, his resume, does warrant an immediate shot at the title. He’s absolutely one of the greatest fighters of all time, no ifs, ands, or buts. Him stepping up from light heavyweight, relinquishing the title, voluntary saying, ‘I’m done with this. I’m going to move up to heavyweight and be the heavyweight champ.’ Then building himself legitimately into a heavyweight and then documenting it all, showing all the deadlifts, the squats, put on some size and body fat. That’s compelling.”
A title fight between Jon Jones and Ngannou is expected to take place in March 2023. However, no concrete developments have come yet as the connected parties still need to resolve contractual disputes among other differences.