Chael Sonnen Unapologetic for Having a ‘Plethora of Things’ in His System

October 15, 2014
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Sorry, not sorry.

Former UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen is unapologetic for his use of performance-enhancing drugs that led to his retirement from fighting and the termination of his broadcasting deal with FOX.

Sonnen, who recently started his own podcast, said on his show that he’s not sorry for doing what he did, calling it a premeditated decision.

“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry,” Sonnen said on his You’re Welcome podcast. “I’m a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision. Here’s the problem, is that it worked. The problem is, it helps.

“There’s a term out there, performance enhancing drug. The reality is, it’s all medicine. All medicine is made to make you better. If it did the opposite, it would be malpractice. You’re not going to the doctor to say give me something to make me worse. I was taking things and they were making me feel a little better.”

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In February, testosterone-replacement therapy was unanimously banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission; a decision that was subsequently backed by the UFC and other commissions. Sonnen, who up to that point was a recipient of artificial testosterone, tested positive for banned substances in a May random drug test and then failed a second test in June.

Chael Sonnen 72314 NAC Meeting-478x270The failed exams prompted Sonnen to retire from MMA. He then had his broadcasting deal with FOX terminated, according to a joint release from the network and UFC officials.

The fighter admitted on his podcast to waiting until his self-administered drug tests were negative to apply for a license to fight in Nevada. Upon receiving his license, he submitted to what he described as “far superior” exams overseen by the NAC.

Despite previously describing himself as a “rules guy,” Sonnen admitted he tried cheating. Ultimately, his legacy is left with a black mark, but Sonnen remains firm in his sorry-not-sorry stance.

“I had a plethora of things in my system,” he said. “I thought it was out of my system. I had done my own tests and they came back hot. So I never asked for a license and I kept testing myself. I waited until they were clean; I then asked for a license. They gave me a license, and then they tested me. They sent it to a lab that was far superior than the ones I had access to, and they found the stuff in my system. That’s it. I’m beat. I took it and I did it.”

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  • Usmc8408

    This guy just continues to be a POS. We’re all the dumb ones though to believe he actually changed after his fraud conviction.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Speak for yourself. 🙂

      • Chael’s mom

        Yup. Only naive kids and dumb adults believed that the guy “changed” after the fraud conviction.

        he is and will be a POS.

        I like him as an entertainer though. Also a good fighter.

  • 4g63mark

    I’m really glad to see Chael sticking to his guns. He did what most people would’ve done by trying to get the edge through modern medicine, and owned it like a man…… I’m glad he’s not apologizing. He doesn’t owe me or anyone else an apology for anything. The punishment he was delt was far worse than some internet trolls talking s—. He lost his job and he lost $$$. If any of the fans think Chael owes them an apology, they’re wrong. Plain and simple. Chael doesn’t owe anyone anything. And I love that it pisses some of you off.

    • MuayThaiFood

      He’s a cheater and he owns it AFTER he’s cornered like a rat in a cage and that’s commendable to you. He did what most CHEATERS would have done and he’s a piece of crap and should own that. He’s given a pound of flesh already so the fact that he doesn’t owe me anything means nothing. He already cheated himself and I’m good with that.

      • Sir_Roy

        The huge problem, and I agree it’s a terrible problem, is he’s not, in fact, a cheater. Go ahead, pretend like you don’t know and ask me why …

        • MuayThaiFood

          I really can’t fathom where you’re going with this. I’ll take the bait though…..why? Fish on!

        • MuayThaiFood

          Thought about it some more and I think what you’re going to say is that PED use in mma is so rampant that he wasn’t gaining an advantage but rather just keeping up. Am I close?

          • Sir_Roy

            Close enough. It’s like prison rules. You don’t narc on the game, just because you got caught playing it. A few unfortunates (or fortunates pending your point of view) are in the spotlight due to longevity of use more than anything else (Sonnen and Vitor have been around in the sport a looong time).

            They now need therapy (TRT) and can hide the facts of the game far less. But how can he be cheating, when he is the unspoken rule, the dirty little secret, and not the exception? If the use of enhancements are so widespread (and they are), and are an integral part of ones ultimate success in the top tier of the game (and they are), then blame the game, not the player.

          • MuayThaiFood

            Gotcha, and I agree, it’s a lot bigger than just Chael and some of the other high profile cases. I don’t know what the answer is but I don’t think if will be an easy one. I can’t believe there aren’t some clean athletes in the upper echelon of the sport, or lower ranked fighters for that matter. It’s those fighters who are the exception and they are getting screwed and I still hold the individual cheaters responsible for their actions regardless of whether they are the rule.
            I really dislike Chael anyway. I’m not a hater, I didn’t start out disliking him but his actions over the years have soured me on him. Everyone can have their own opinion, and I’m not going to go on about why, but mine is that this guy doesn’t have very good character. I’m with you though, I think Chael is just the tip of the iceberg. Have you got any thoughts on breaking up the system or are you okay with it the way it is?

          • Sir_Roy

            Ideally, for me, if you don’t have a 100% bonafide bulletproof way to enforce your rules, then it’s better to let fighters take performance enhancements legally across the board and remove the stigma from it. At least that way you guarantee they will be professionally monitored by certified doctors in the field, and that no one will hold an unfair advantage over anyone else.

            Athletes at that level will always be looking for an advantage – that, to me, is cheating. Chael was leveling the playing field. He had no real advantage over others he was going in the Octagon against. Ergo, we was not cheating (i.e. holding an unfair advantage). In an ideal world, performance enhancers would die off from not being used and the health and well being of all athletes promoted over their use. Alas …

          • Daily

            Simply saying “well everyone is doing it” does not mean he was not cheating. It just means he’s not the only one cheating.

          • Sir_Roy

            I realize. I am not really stating otherwise either though.

    • peedubya

      I agree totally. He fought in a generally dirty sport where lots of people are juicing. He isn’t hiding from it, he isn’t pretending it didn’t happen, he isn’t pretending it’s for a disease. He talks candidly about it. I wasn’t hugely impressed when he used to do his WWE bad-guy bit when he was fighting, but now I will tune in to things he does because he is such a straight talker. He could have played it like Lance Armstrong or Marion Jones who pretended like it never happened. I have only ever heard him say that he did what he did for an advantage. I don’t have to like it to respect it.

      I was going to say he isn’t looking for a loophole, but that’s exactly what he did. I mean, didn’t he go to the Nevada commission beforehand and asked if he could go on TRT? I think I heard him say that on Rogan.

    • valakos

      absolutely – the people he pisses off are a bunch of wannabe tough guy b!tches who have no idea what it takes and would get the sh!t kicked out of them in a regular fight – dam i;m sick of american f@cking pussies posting here – bring back pride pleeeaassseeeeee so we don’t have to listen to these UFC fanboy b!tches, real warriors were made there

  • Darin

    Is he apologetic for lying about it for years? If not, how can anything he says now be believed? I enjoyed the nice vacation the mma world had from this guy after the UFC booted him. Apparently the vacation is over and the disease has returned.

  • Muttley76

    Kins of refreshing. “forgiveness” is usually along to “leniency”, in that what you are really asking for is the lightest punishment possible. Sonnen already knows that’s not gonna happen, so not a lot of reason to apologize and ask forgiveness now. If someone was legitimately that sorry they wouldnt have done it in the first place. I’m definitely NOT condoning what he did with PEs, just that it’s kind of refreshing to hear someone be honest about it lol.

  • Joe Dog

    Sonnen’s child (in a few years),” Daddy, tell me about your fighting career”. Sonnen, ” Well child, I was the UFC champ and…..

    • Joe Dog

      The guy will always be slippery.

  • TheCerealKiller

    I respect it more than Wand running away.

  • A student

    I really want to like this response but after all the things he said about Lance Armstrong?…c’mon

  • Guest

    The full podcast is on youtube…

  • Daily

    He is scumbag and a smarmy criminal without conscience. Always has been, always will be. His “fans” used to defend him so hard, because he was somehow “entertaining”. This POS was simply laughing at them, his opponents, and everyone else. A scumbag and an a$$hole. Good luck to him in life.