Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen on Agenda for July 23rd NAC Meeting
Posted by Dan Plunkett on 07.17.2014
Their fates will be determined...
Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen are among those on the 36 item agenda released by the Nevada Athletic Commission for its July 23 meeting.
Belfort's request for a license to compete in the state will be heard after being a late cut from the last meeting. The 37-year-old admitted last month to failing a random drug test administered by the NAC on February 7. Belfort, a controversial user of testosterone replacement therapy due to failing a 2006 drug test in Nevada for steroids, had a testosterone level of 1472 ng/dL. The acceptable upper limit for the test was 1197 ng/dL.
Belfort explained he had taken testosterone the day prior to the test, which inflated his result. There have been differing opinions from doctors on whether taking a normal amount of testosterone would boost the number to Belfort's level. Voluntary tests taken by Belfort after the test failure, after ceasing testosterone use, showed his testosterone level decreased to as low as 142 ng/dL on May 29. The lower end of normal testosterone level is about 300 ng/dL.
UFC has publicly supported Belfort's quest for a license. The promotion booked him for an ill-fated match against Chael Sonnen on July 5. UFC President Dana White has indicated Belfort would be next in line for middleweight champion Chris Weidman should he receive a license.
Since he was not licensed to compete in Nevada at the time of the test, the NAC cannot suspend Belfort, but denying his application would make it difficult for him to obtain a license elsewhere. Denied applicants generally have to wait a year before reapplying, but exceptions have been made in the past. Most notably, Alistair Overeem was allowed to reapply for a license 9 months after the date of his failed 2012 drug test.
The final item on NAC's agenda is a disciplinary complaint against the now-retired Chael Sonnen. Sonnen failed a pair of random drug tests on May 24 and June 5, respectively. The former two-division title challenger retired from MMA on June 11, the day after news of the results of the first test broke. After the results of the second test were revealed, Sonnen was dropped as a broadcaster by both UFC and Fox Sports.
Sonnen's tests turned up positive for anastrozole, clomiphene, HGH, EPO, and hCG. The positive results for HGH and EPO were particularly surprising to many, given their short half-lives, and the belief that use of both drugs is high across all sports but failures are exceedingly rare.
UFC's subscription-based Fight Pass service will live stream the meeting.