In a statement just released by the UFC, veteran Chael Sonnen will be terminated as both a fighter in the UFC and as an analyst for Fox. Chael failed his second drug test of the past month a few days ago.
MMAJunkie.com was first to report the news:
Following a pair of failed random drug tests, both the UFC and FOX are parting ways with recently retired fighter and on-air personality Chael Sonnen.
A source close to the fighter, as well as a UFC official, confirmed the news to MMAjunkie on Monday night. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The UFC has since released a statement regarding the situation:
The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.
Chael is yet to speak on the matter but I’m sure he will fight this until the very end. Chael’s appeal of a suspension will occur on July 23rd in Las Vegas, NV. That appeal may allow him to continue to compete in MMA but with this news it is unlikely that he’d be associated with the UFC if he was to return.