Chael Sonnen is one of the most watched fighters in the UFC, and has fought for the middleweight strap on two occasions as well as the light heavyweight title, with all three being losing efforts. However a recent piece of news may lead to him hanging up his gloves sooner than he would have liked to.
Sonnen appeared on UFC Tonight on Wednesday and had some very stern words regarding the decision to ban TRT in not only the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but the likes of California, Brazil and others have also voiced their support. The UFC also stated that they would no longer allow TUEs, and with Sonnen being one of the more high-profile fighters to have been licensed for testosterone replacement, he will be forced to fight on without it.
It was also revealed that Sonnen’s upcoming fight with Wanderlei Silva in the TUF: Brazil 3 coaches battle would be the first in Brazil with the rules disallowing TUEs in place. Sonnen would therefore be forced to fight without TRT, something which he has diligently stated helps improve every facet of his life. The fight is scheduled for just two weeks after Vitor Belfort’s proposed fight with Chris Weidman, a fight which ‘The Phenom’ pulled out of citing lack of time to prepare without TRT as the motive.
The American stated,
“If it doesn’t work, I may have to stop the sport. Simple as that.”
It remains to be seen whether Sonnen will go ahead with his fight with Wanderlei Silva and use it as a test to see how he can fight without TRT, or whether he will pull out and retire instantaneously.
“The problem is, it’s a little bit early, I don’t know myself. I know I have to sit down with my team, not only my management, and understand the rules, but we also have to then talk with doctors and figure out your health. An athlete should not have to choose between sport or health. It should be a combination of both.”
Props to MMAjunkie for the transcription.