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Chael Sonnen, Returning from Exile at UFC 136 Against Brian Stann

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile from action, as he faces Brian Stann on October for UFC 136.

Last Wednesday night, UFC President – Dana White – confirmed that Chael Sonnen will finally end his 14-month exile at UFC 136 against Brian Stann.

Chael Sonnen was put on the sidelines following his middleweight battle against reigning champ, Anderson Silva, at UFC 117 last August 2010. His post-fight drug test resulted to positive when his urine sample came back with high testosterone-to-estrogen level. Eventually, the California State Athletic Commission shortened Chael Sonnen’s one year suspension to six months. However, due to misleading statements to the commission, CSAC gave the middleweight fighter an indefinite suspension. UFC also froze Chael Sonnen’s contract while working on his money laundering case.

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Chael Sonnen, to Appear Before NSAC on April 27

Written on April 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Chael Sonnen is once again facing the NSAC officials in a formal meeting on April 27. Will he be able to acquire his fighter's license this time?

Chael Sonnen will have a formal chance to clear the air with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, as the middleweight contender will appear before the commission on April 27. The five members of NSAC will decide whether they will grant the fighter a license and cornerman’s license or not.

A majority vote from the NSAC will allow Chael Sonnen to fight in the Nevada state, as well as corner other fighters.

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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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Silva is the Top Earner Among UFC 117 Fighters

Written on August 18, 2010 by Zac Efren

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Not only did Silva get the belt from winning UFC 117 but also some hard cold cash worth $320K.

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva is $320,000 richer after his fight with Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 last August 7 at the Oracle Arena. This information was based from the figures revealed by the California State Athletic Commission.

Other bonuses Silva earned that night was the $60,000 “Fight of the Night” and $60,000 “Submission of the Night” bonuses. Silva’s fight two Saturdays ago assured him of the 12-0 record on cage fighting.

See the top 5 biggest earners from UFC 117:

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Fourteen Fighters of UFC 117 Under Medical Suspension

Written on August 17, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Fighters from the UFC 117 are undergoing medical suspension due to their brawl injuries.

Anderson Silva together with fellow UFC 117 fighters were suffering from injuries after months of training.

Silva was among the 17 fighters who were suspended after UFC 117. We’ve seen the medical list of suspensions from the California State Athletic Commission.

CSAC doctors suspended Silva for six months or until a proven X-ray that says the ribs are healed. Silva is suspended 45 days with no contact during training for 30 days for precautionary reasons. He also has to go on a CT scan and a neurological clearance before fighting again.

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