Do not expect Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to issue any sort of apology regarding his use of testosterone. Jackson, who feels like the substance helped allow him to fight Ryan Bader last month after suffering a knee injury, fully stands by his decision to use TRT.
Now, facing double-knee surgery, Jackson says he has several years left opposed to previous comments the ex-UFC light heavyweight champion made implying retirement was on the horizon.
“Before I started doing testosterone, I was thinking about retiring,” said Jackson in an interview with Sherdog Radio’. “Not because I was upset with the UFC as much as because my body’s all beat up. I wasn’t as motivated to train. That’s why, because my testosterone levels were really low.”
Some fighters have spoken out against the use of TRT, while several others have claimed it is perfectly legal if used within the strict guidelines. Jackson is one of the latter, adding, “I feel like it’s a medical condition. Now I feel like I’m 25 again. I’m going to be fighting for as long as I want to fight.”
It remains to be seen if the UFC or state athletic commissions change how they approach the use of TRT going forward, but for now count Jackson among those that will continue taking advantage of it.
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