UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has tested positive for steroids according to the California State Athletic Commission as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Chael Sonnen became America’s hero after he put on a 23-minute beating upon UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s face only to taste a bitter defeat in the end. He was given the go-ahead for a rematch against Silva and it was slated to be on the New Year’s card–most likely being one of the biggest draws in UFC history.
Sonnen almost tasted victory until Anderson Silva slapped on a textbook triangle, crushing Chael’s neck into submission. With Chael suspended for a positive steroid test, the UFC needs a new challenger for the undefeated champion Silva. Dana White posted on his twitter that Vitor Belfort, who was originally going to face Silva for the title before he went out with an injury, will abandon the UFC’s card in Germany to fill Sonnen’s void on the New Year’s card in Las Vegas.
Below is the official statement from the California State Athletic Commission reported by the Los Angeles Times:
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has suspended the license of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Chael Sonnen, after Sonnen tested positive for steroids, a banned substance.
A sample from Sonnen’s August 6 drug test came back with a high T/E (testosterone-to-estrogen) level, which is indicative of anabolic steroid use. CSAC learned of the results September 2 and ordered a second test, which also came back positive for steroid use. CSAC received test results from the second sample on September 14 and suspended Sonnen two days later. He is suspended for one year. Sonnen has 30 days to appeal the decision.
“The use of anabolic steroids and other banned substances are not tolerated by the commission,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd. “Anabolic agents put the health and safety of both the user and his opponents at risk.”
Sonnen’s test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility at the University of California, Los Angeles on August 6, 2010 for processing.
– Lance Pugmire
Sonnen plans on appealing the suspension on December 2nd in Sacramento.