Chael Sonnen Fails Drug Test
Silva, who was Sonnen’s original opponent for UFC 175, did not attend a hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to get licensed for the July 5th fight with sources claiming he opposed random drug testing. In a interesting twist, Vitor Belfort who replaced Silva, backed out of a fight against Chris Weidman in February, stating he needed time to cycle off a doctor prescribed testosterone-replacement therapy regimen, which has been recently made illegal in mixed martial arts. Sonnen, who was diagnosed with hypogonadism, had been approved to use TRT before it’s ban. He spoke with Fox Sports, where he acts as an analyst, after his announced failed drug test.
“These are not performance-enhancing drugs, they are not steroids of any kind. It’s very tough to be caught in this. They changed the rules. I have to comply with rules. However, there is a transition period. I couldn’t have been more open or transparent. Anybody I could talk to about this, I did.”
While Chael Sonnen, 37, decides what’s next for himself and his fighting career, UFC president Dana White spoke about drug testing and the TRT banning.
“I’m not shocked. This has been lingering. This stuff has been legal. TRT was legal. Now the (NSAC) said it’s illegal. Now it’s got to go away, but there’s going to be side effects of stopping this thing cold turkey. It just doesn’t work that way. When it went away, they didn’t do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off it. When you get off it, you don’t just go cold turkey. If they don’t take estrogen blockers, you can have side effects. Chael Sonnen is at this point in his life, in his career, where he got married and is trying to have a children. He’s on medicine to get fertile. His wife is pregnant, so it worked. This is between Chael and the commission, but the rules should have been laid out better when they said it’s over.”
Sonnen plans to appeal the results of his test. As for UFC 175, no new opponent has been named at this time.
Writer/Contributor Mark Wright
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