Chael Sonnen Temporarily Suspended For Failed Drug Test, Future Disciplinary Hearing Looms

June 17, 2014
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Chael Sonnen UFC 167 Post_9376-478x270Recently retired UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Tuesday via telephone to answer for the failed drug test that resulted in him being removed from his scheduled UFC 175 match-up against Vitor Belfort.

Sonnen tested positive for two banned substances, Anastrozole and Clomifene, during a random drug test administered by the NSAC when he was in Las Vegas on May 23 for a UFC 175 promotional press conference. Both substances are banned in and out-of-competition. The commission temporarily suspended Sonnen’s license in Nevada pending a full disciplinary hearing to be scheduled after the commission receives his official answer to the complaint.

The 37-year-old former title contender and current FOX Sports analyst did not address the charges on Tuesday, but did acknowledge that he understood the charges and understood that he was suspended.

Anastrozole and Clomifene can both be used to treat the symptoms of hypogonadism, a condition that Sonnen has. Due to the condition, Sonnen had received a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy. However, exemptions for TRT use in combat sports were banned in February.

Sonnen maintains that he was on the substances to safely come off the testosterone replacement regiment. After the test results were made public on June 10, Sonnen announced his retirement from mixed martial arts the following day.

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  • Back Jauer

    What a joke.. what is temporarily?? Thiere went an hour of my life and I sure didnt get any answers.. But they will get back to everyone..

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Commission and the UFC just want everything to die down and wait until noone cares anymore then they will slide this whole thing under the carpet

  • Adam

    so umm if he retired, he will not be fighting again so why suspend him..Not like he is going to file for a new licence or anything in the near future

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Sonnen will un-retire 10 times until he is done

      Only reason he retired was for the exact reason you basically stated because he knows that if they think he is retired then they won’t waste their time throwing the book at him. Besides Marquardt has been popped 3 times and he has kept getting slaps on hand. I feel sorry for all the REAL athletes that are CLEAN like Ben Askren because all these cheats make people think all mma fighters are nothing but ROIDERS

      • Seth

        Clean as Wandarlei too?

        • AXE MURDERER

          I CLEAN !

  • TheCerealKiller

    He quit, who cares?

    • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

      Everyone knows Dana will make sure Sonnen gets a slap on the hand just like last time he was busted cheating. Sonnen entire existance revolves around be a fricken lying, cheating, FRAUD