Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has remarked he is not shocked by Chael Sonnen's failed drug test. Ahead of an ill-fated grudge match against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) tested Chael Sonnen and he tested positive for Anastrozole, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), human growth hormone (HGH), and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).
Sonnen claimed he used the drugs to wean off safely of the now-banned testosterone replacement therapy that he used for years. White remarked TRT was legal and then the Nevada commission said on one day that TRT was illegal. White added things cannot be stopped immediately and said it just doesn’t work that way. The UFC president remarked when it went away, they didn’t do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off it and when you get off it, you don’t just go cold turkey. White also remarked this is between Chael and the commission, but the rules should have been laid out better and added even when it was legal, the athletic commission and all the doctors were never on the same page. White added he thinks the Nevada State Athletic Commission could have laid it out better for how they were going to end this thing, what would be banned, and what wouldn’t be banned for the guys coming off it.
After the positive test, Sonnen announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) but NSAC still temporarily suspended Sonnen, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title contender. A few days back, Sonnen tested positive for the second time this year and the UFC remarked we are made aware that a second random test conducted earlier this month resulted in a positive test for additional banned substances. The UFC added Chael will have an opportunity to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission later this month, and through a statement released to the media, he has pledged to cooperate. UFC also remarked that we will support the commission and continue to ensure that all UFC competitors compete on an even playing field free of performance enhancing drugs and banned substances.
Sonnen, the retired American mixed martial artist who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, was recently fired from FOX Sports and UFC broadcasting positions after his second failed test. FOX and the UFC released a joint statement in which it was remarked the UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen and added that this decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. The statement added Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.
The UFC president remarked it was not an easy thing to end the television job of Sonnen with the UFC and FOX. White said he personally cares a lot about Chael just like a lot of people at FOX and said it is one of those hard decisions that were required to be made.