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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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Vitor Belfort is 100% Healthy

Written on September 23, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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No, there is nothing wrong with Vitor Belfort. He is very much okay and might even replace Chael Sonnen to lock horns with Anderson Silva. Sounds promising, is it not?

We reported yesterday that Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has been pulled off from his UFC 122 bout versus Yushin Okami. However, according to Belfort’s coach – Shawn Tompkins – the withdrawal is not due to injury.

The Phenom was set to square off with Yushin Okami in the event, but was forced to bail out from the card, with Nate Marquardt stepping in lieu of him. With early reports saying that Belfort picked up an affliction, Tompkins revealed on Facebook that the Brazilian fighter has recede for a different reason.

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