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More Details Before Sonnen’s CSAC Hearing

Written on December 02, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen is facing the toughest match of his life at the California State Athletic Commission. Will he succeed or will he fail his appeal in front of the authority?

A month before the UFC 117, Chael Sonnen had plenty to say. He keeps on talking about his capability to dethrone Anderson Silva in the title match. Over 20 minutes into the fight, he was making good on his pre-match boasting until Silva caught him with a fifth-round submission. Since then, Chael Sonnen remained mum as a positive drug test precipitated.

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Dana White Talks About the Commission on Drug Use in UFC

Written on September 25, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Hush now speculators! Dana White got some words about Chael Sonnen's failed dope test. Read the president's lengthy talk and understand it very well.

We’ve already heard from everyone about Chael Sonnen’s failed drug test and use of PEDs over the last week or so. We’ve heard from every one other than Dana White. Until today, that is.

The UFC President talked after the UFC 119’s pre-fight press con with regards to the matter at hand. According to White, castigation on fighters who pop for PED use is up to the state’s commission, and not to him. To understand why he said that, read his lengthy talk after the break.

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CSAC Bans Chael Sonnen for One Year

Written on September 23, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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With Chael Sonnen blowing up his drug test, the CSAC has suspended his license to fight for one year. And in case he fails his appeal, Belfort could take the center stage for him.

After a back wrong horse dope test, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has prohibited Chael Sonnen from fighting for one year. The fighter was promulgated last week of his test results at UFC 117, and now has 30 days to appeal. According to a statement from CSAC:

“The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen, after Sonnen tested positive for steroids, a banned substance.

“A sample from Sonnen’s August 6 drug test came back with a high T/E (testosterone-to-oestrogen) level, which is indicative of anabolic steroid use. CSAC learned of the results September 2 and ordered a second test, which also came back positive for steroid use. CSAC received test results from the second sample on September 14 and suspended Sonnen two days later. He is suspended for one year. Sonnen has 30 days to appeal the decision.”

In the event that Sonnen backslides his plea in the upcoming December meeting with the commission, Vitor Belfort could replace him to face Anderson Silva for a middleweight title match next year.

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Sonnen’s Rough Few Months in Perspective

Written on September 22, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Something is very, very wrong when Chael Sonnen has nothing to say. The fighter, who was lauded for a terrific 23-minute performance against Anderson Silva in early August, is now a virtual shut-in thanks to CSAC executive director George Dodd, who confirmed Sonnen tested positive for PEDS.

Best known by his trash-talking stint, it seems odd for a Chael Sonnen to remain mum on his alleged use of illegal PEDs. Promoted by an abnormal high levels of testosterone, the CSAC confirmed that Sonnen was positive for performance enhancers. To set the record straight, fighters can be permitted to use testosterone supplementation for legitimate medical reason. More likely, such supplement is used to elevate low testosterone levels to normal range. But since results for Sonnen was found off the charts, it is either CSAC has a different view of what “elevated” is or the fighter has exceeded any reasonable medical use.

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Sonnen vs Silva is Unlikely to Happen, Unless Sonnen Appeals

Written on September 21, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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With Sonnen's testosterone level on a high, he is unlikely to get the rematch he's been wanting for unless he appealed on CSAC's notification. What's in purview for the slated Super Bowl weekend bout?

According to CSAC exec George Dodd, Chael Sonnen is unlikely to get a rematch from Anderson Silva if he does not respond to the commission’s notice. Dodd also added that Sonnen is suspended and has 30 days to reply to the directive sent last Thursday, informing him that he is positive with illegal PED. CSAC also notified the UFC of the outcome made by the UCLA’s Olympic Analytical Laboratory last Saturday.

Sonnen was first flagged last September 2 after an initial test revealed the presence of the banned substance. Then, a second test result confirmed that Sonnen’s testosterone level is well above normal. With the test result already leaked, this could scratch the rematch targeted for next year’s Super Bowl weekend, unless Sonnen gets an appeal and resolution before the end of the year. Otherwise, the fighter will be suspended until September 2 of next year, and will face a $2,500 fine.

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Update: Chael Sonnen Fails UFC 117 Drug Test

Written on September 20, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After Chael Sonnen's significant moment of domineering Anderson Silva for four rounds in the last UFC 117, it seems that a rematch will not be happening. Blame it to a banned performance-enhancing drug, if there is any.

According to California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd, Chael Sonnen failed his post-UFC 117 drug test. The flopped screening is due likely to performance-enhancing drugs. Though Dodd did not state which banned substance was identified, an official manifesto will probably come out in the coming days.

During the UFC 117, Sonnen dominated Silva for over four rounds until he was cut short by the champ in two minutes under fifth round. UFC President Dana White promised a rematch, tentatively set for early next year. And despite the defeat, Sonnen even revealed during the UFC Fight Night 22 Q&A session; that he’s setting his eyes for GSP, Shogun and Lesnar. However, with the failed drug screening, any match-ups – including the Silva rematch – appears to be on hold. As for Chael Sonnen, he could not be reached for any comments at this moment.

If the Silva vs Sonnen rematch will be postponed or if another match-up will be made, that remains to be seen.

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