Defending UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones expressed suspicion about Glover Teixeira's physical strength despite his challenger's age.
“I just thought I would have Glover tested because he’s not the youngest fighter and everyone raves about how strong he is. Some fighters, you just know they’re not on anything just by looking at them,” Jones said in an interview with ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto.
This is why Jones included random drug testing as one of his conditions for accepting the title fight versus Teixeira in UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore.
“Part of [his] mystique is his amazing physical strength and I just questioned it. I have no reason to think he’s on steroids but I do wonder how someone can be so strong,” he said.
The 34-year-old Brazilian never failed a drug test in his career and remained unbeaten in all of his five fights in the UFC.
Jones claimed that some of his previous opponents have been on performance-enhancing drugs but declined to name them.
"As far as saying that I'm sure I've fought other guys in the past on steroids, I think it's pretty well-documented," he said. "A lot of people haven't really argued with it because they know it's a true statement. I know it's a true statement."
However, he wants to be sure with regards to Teixeira.
“I called Dana White and said, ‘Hey, I want Glover to take steroid tests for this fight. He asked me, “What, you think he’s on steroids?’ I told him I don’t know and I have no reason to accuse him of anything but I would like to be sure,” said Jones.