Former UFC light heavyweight champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may have found the modern day fountain of youth.
Jackson, who lost to Ryan Bader at UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson, recently admitted to having used testosterone injections prior to the fight in hopes of healing his injured knee quicker than normal. Not only did it assist him in that regard but “Rampage” believes that TRT has made him more likely to continue fighting past his previous retirement target of 35.
Several other fighters have used TRT and it can be legal if held under the right levels, something Jackson says he did in addition to informing his bosses at the UFC about it beforehand as well.
“I spoke to the UFC and they were like, ‘Yeah, a lot of fighters are probably doing it but not telling anyone.’ Me, I keep it real,” said Jackson, in a recent interview with Fighters Only Magazine. “It’s legal and I am not abusing it and I am not going over certain levels. From what I learned about it, when I got tested, my levels were really low and the doctor was telling me that athletes can burn testosterone.”
“I gave myself small doses and that (expletive) immediately changed me,” Jackson continued. “That’s why I am saying now I am not going to retire. It’s just unfortunate that I got this injury.”
Jackson injured his knee in training and was told by a doctor that he should not compete. However, for Jackson that was not an option based on his overwhelming desire to fight in Japan so he followed the advice of his physician who directed him to an “age-management” specialist.
“I really wanted to fight for the Japanese fans and so I went to see the doctor and he told me not to fight. I was like ‘Whoa.’ I bust out crying, because I had missed Japan and… you know, I don’t like to tell people that I cry but I am a human being, I cried. I woke up at like three o’clock in the morning and I cried. I couldn’t train and I didn’t know if it would be a career-ending injury.”
The only negative to his decision to use testosterone had to do with the weight it put on him, one of the factors causing him to come in heavy against Bader.
“I hurt my knee like a month ago and I only did three shots of testosterone but it put a lot of weight on me, a lot of muscle on me but it healed me knee up good enough to where I could fight.”
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