Chael Sonnen Fails Another Drug Test For HGH & EPO
It looks as though a second failed drug test is the blow that will finally silence the loudest man in MMA.
According to MMAFighting.com recently retired UFC athlete Chael Sonnen has failed his second drug test this month:
“Sonnen, who recently announced his retirement from MMA, was asked to take a blood and urine test on June 5 in Portland, Ore., by the NAC because at the time he was scheduled to fight at UFC 175 on July 5 in Las Vegas. The commission learned earlier this week that Sonnen failed those tests due to the presence of human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), which is typically used to boost red blood cells that carry oxygen to the muscles, increasing stamina and endurance, anastrozole, used to treat early stages of breast cancer, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the female fertility drug that is often used in an effort to restart testosterone production. Both Sonnen and the UFC were informed of the news earlier this week by the commission.”
Sonnen made fun of TUF Brazil co-star & coach Wanderlei Silva for “running” from a failed test before their scheduled fight at UFC 175 but all the while knowing that he wouldn’t be able to pass the same test. Silva has tried to defend his drug use publicly since news of his first failed test leaked on June 10th. Sonnen will now meet with the NSAC on July 23rd to plead his case and avoid any type of suspension.
Sonnen released this statement regarding his second failed test:
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“Yes, the Commission is aware of other prescribed medications I was taking and I will not challenge their allegations. I will cooperate with the Commission and look forward to having a dialogue about how fighters who transition off TRT can avoid violating any rules.”