Chael Sonnen Temporarily Suspended By The NSAC
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.17.2014
Even though he's retired...
MMA Junkie reports that even after announcing his retirement, Chael Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) was temporary suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, pending a formal hearing. His representative appeared by telephone during an NSAC meeting today in Las Vegas. He announced that they received the NSAC's complaint against Sonnen which came after a failed random drug test before his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175.
Sonnen's manager Jeff Meyer will file a response but he didn't say if Sonnen plans to appeal. Sonnen was also at the meeting via teleconference.
He tested positive for two substances and said on Fox's America's Pregame that he would stand up against the ruling. He admitted that he used a non-steroidal aromatase-inhibiting drug called anastrozole (which is primarily used to treat breast cancer) and clomiphene (which is used to treat female infertility. He used clomiphene and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) to help get off doctor prescribed testosterone after it was banned by the NSAC earlier this year.
A date for Sonnen's hearing will be decided later. He was removed from UFC 175 after he failed the test. Vitor Belfort was not his original opponent, as Wanderlei Silva failed to submit to a test which meant he failed it according to the NSAC. Silva appeared at the same hearing and said he took banned diuretics before the fight with Sonnen, which is why he avoided the test. Belfort was scheduled for today's hearing but no longer had to show up since the fight was canceled after Sonnen tested positive.