Recently retired Chael Sonnen has been handed a 2 year suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the commission confirmed in it’s hearing today. Sonnen was the 35th item on the agenda which saw Vitor Belfort, his scheduled opponent for UFC 175, be granted a license by the NSAC.
Alongside the 2 year suspension, Chael Sonnen has been forced to pay doctor fees and pay for the random drug tests in question, though was surprisingly not handed a fine. Commissioner Pat Lundvall was the most sympathetic on the panel, emphasising that Sonnen had already lost his jobs with the UFC and FOX Sports, and therefore a further harsh punishment would be merely beating a beaten guy.
Lundvall also advised that Sonnen be used to help the commission, stating that he is an intelligent guy who could be an asset to the commission. Sonnen gladly accepted.
While the commission were clear that Sonnen being there in person took guts and they were grateful for this, they vehemently disapproved of the actions of Sonnen in the past, stating that – although he has subsequently retired from the sport – he could have caused harm to his opponent at UFC 175, Vitor Belfort, due to the drugs in his system.
A doctor was there to confirm the impacts of the drugs in question and – although not under the steroid category – they are mostly used to disguise elevated testosterone. Sonnen was set to fight at UFC 175 for the first time since the NSAC banned TUEs and, with Sonnen having low testosterone and failing a drug test in the past, was forced into retirement after two further failed drug tests.
The first failed drug test of ‘The American Gangster’ was due to Anastrozole and Clomiphene traces in the former middleweight contender’s system, with the second test showing traces of HGH, hCG and EPO. Sonnen did however confirm that no other substances were taken, other than medicine to help him sleep.