Chael Sonnen Fails Second NSAC Drug Test, UFC Makes Statement
By FCF Staff
Recently it was revealed that Chael Sonnen failed a pre-UFC 175, random drug test, and now comes word that he tested positive for banned substances in a second test as well.
Sonnen tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), anastrozole, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), according to a report from MMA Fighting.com.
In keeping with statements he made earlier in the month, Sonnen said these are prescription medications that he’s taking, as a means to assist his transition off testosterone-replacement-therapy.
After UFC Fight Night 44, UFC Senior Director of Public Relations David Sholler stated:
“We were made aware that a second random test conducted earlier this month resulted in a positive test for additional banned substances,” said Sholler. “Chael will have the opportunity to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission next month and through a statement released to media tonight, he’s pledged to cooperate. Our stance on the subject remains absolutely the same. We support the commission and we will continue to ensure that all UFC competitors compete on an even playing field free of performance enhancing drugs and banned substances.”
Sonnen was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission recently and will have a second hearing, July 23rd. The 37 year-old has since announced he’s retiring from the sport.