Official CSAC statement regarding Chael SonnenPosted on September 22, 2010, 03:23 PM by Anton Gurevich
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.
So there you have it, guys. The most interesting part of the whole thing is that Chael Sonnen tested positive even one month after his fight against Anderson Silva, which means that he used the substances very close to the time of the bout. One-year suspension is harsh but fair, and obviously means that the Oregonian pushed back in the line for a shot at the Middleweight title. Personally, I can't see him getting anything with the appeal, especially after testing positive more than once.