LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 23: (L-R) Chael Sonnen and Ronda Rousey interact with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC, FOX cut ties with Chael Sonnen amid second drug test failure


It has been a horrendous couple of weeks for former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen, and after a second failed drug test was reported by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani just days ago, the UFC and FOX have released a joint statement confirmed that Sonnen has been sacked from any future work with the two organisations.

Chael Sonnen was an integral part of the ever-popular UFC Tonight, co-hosting the show every Wednesday on FOX, and had also been on the panel for several pre-fight and post-fight shows on the channel. However, a failed drug test had put his future in doubt, and a second failed drug test has confirmed it.

In his first drug test failure of 2014, a random drug test carried out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, ‘The American Gangster’ tested positive for Anastrozole and Clomiphene, which Sonnen justified as two components he needed for his lack of testosterone. Sonnen was one of the most high profile fighters to be on TRT prior to the NSAC’s decision to ban exemptions, and stated that he needed alternative medicine in order to carry out a normal life.

Due to the test failure and consequent lengthy ban expected, Sonnen was taken out of his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 (who had replaced Wanderlei Silva, with all three facing drug test problems with NSAC) and, as a result, retired from the sport effective immediately. With a thriving career in punditry due to his colourful personality, it didn’t look all-that-bad for the 37 year-old. On top of this, Sonnen was expected to headline the upcoming Metamoris event alongside Andre Galvao in his professional Brazilian jiu-jitsu debut.

That was when Ariel Helwani released the news that Sonnen had failed a second random drug test, this time testing positive for other substances. This time, traces of Human Growth Hormone (HGH), Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (EPO) and Human Chronic Gonadoptrin (hCG) were found in the former UFC contender’s system.

Responding to the second test failure, UFC and FOX have decided to part ways with Chael Sonnen, who is set to be featured on the next NSAC meeting agenda on July 23. The statement confirming the news can be found below.

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.

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