Chael Sonnen Cites Confusion and Infertility Issues For Failing NSAC Drug Test


As was announced earlier this afternoon (June 10) Chael Sonnen has tested positive (May 24) for banned substances and will not be participating in his upcoming UFC 175 bout, which is scheduled for this coming July 5 in Las Vegas.

By way of defending himself, Sonnen immediately took to the Jay Mohr Sports show on FOX Sports Radio, as well as FOX Sports 1, to explain away his failed drug test, and according to Sonnen it all has to do with game days, his transition of TRT, in-and-out of competition guidelines, having to choose between the sport and his health, and fertility issues. In a nutshell, Sonnen doesn’t have just one reason for being in breach of the rules, but several.  

Stating that he “had to take a couple of things” – clomiphene and hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) – to help him “transition” off of the banned testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) that he’d been on, Sonnen painted himself as a fighter attempting to comply with the newly established rules. However, in review, Sonnen appears to have been playing with rules more than complying with their intent or spirit.

Holding firm to his contention that athletes “have” to take these products “when (they’re) coming off testosterone,” Sonnen pitched his case that the “non-anabolic, non-steroid, non-performance enhancing agents” that he tested positive for are “perfectly legal” by the rules.

Sonnen fleshed out his postition by stating that – according to NSAC’s own rules, as Sonnen downloaded from the internet – the governing body has no prohibitions regarding the use of these products prior to a fighter seeking an NSAC license. In short, “The American Gangster’s” is under the impression that – under NSAC rules – an athlete can use any non-anabolic product so long as they are “out-of-competition.”

Regarding it all, Sonnen stated that he was confused by the rules and that he was unsure of where to turn for “clarity” on the issue.

His words:

“There is a little bit of a confusion on the rules. It’s kind of tough where you’re like, Oh, really? This is a banned substance? Where do we find that? Who exactly do we go to for clarity on this?”

In terms of answering Sonnen’s question, fans might suggest the he should have called the Nevada State Athletic Commission – (702) 486-2575 – and asked their opinion on the matter. Further, fans might also suggest that if Sonnen had any doubt regarding the use or legality of these products that he should have simply avoided them altogether.

Additionally, Sonnen’s use of these products – anastrozole, clomiphene, and hGC, the drug Sonnen admitted to taking, but which failed to show up on NSAC’s drug test – makes no sense, when the fighter readily acknowledged on Jay Mohr’s show that he knows these products “have (been) deemed…banned substances” by the commission.

As to his defense of being forced to choose between his health and fighting, the analogy doesn’t fly. Sonnen’s real choice appears to have been between lying and cheating, and not lying and cheating, and sadly the convicted money launder and fraud artist opted for the former, not the latter.

In terms of Sonnen falling back on issues of progeneration – “I’m having fertility issues” – that’s a fairly limp excuse to offer up at age 37. Sonnen should have thought about children a long time ago and not now, when it can be used as convienient cover for his continued PED use. And on the point, if he’s that motivated to have kids and the only way he can get the job done is via chemical injection, then that’s just one more reason why Sonnen should choose retirement over continuing his fighting career.   

As to how fans will take the news of his failed drug test it’s hard to see how they’ll greet it warmly. Fans have grown tired of this type of gamesmanship and they’ve grown tired of the subject of performance enhancing drugs. It’s clear that fans want a clean sport and plain rules; something they thought they were getting when NSAC banned TRT.

In the eyes of many, Sonnen’s positive test and the logic that he’s floated to defend it, will simply draw a line under the fact that no matter the rules (some) fighters will endeavour to find ways to circumvent the system and cheat. And that by their mind’s eye, so long as they test clean on “game day,” as Sonnen puts it, that everything is above board and by the rules.  

For the record, Sonnen has stated that he will appeal NSAC’s findings:

  • UFC has a drug problem. It's the pinnacle of MMA and with so much to lose and clearly it's a pattern here.

    • Right and the problem is caused by liars and cheats. I suspect though, Watermelon, this is exactly the same in the other organizations if not worse.

    • bla bla bla

      fuck*ng cheater!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wand, Vitor and Chael the real Three Stooges.

  • Zip

    Have your kids before you're 37, and using the term 'limp' when discussing fertility issues. Priceless stuff, Brian. All I got to say is, 'keep it up'.

    • Thank you Zip, for picking up on on it. I was hoping someone would notice.

      • Not really fair though to criticize him for waiting to have kids until he's near retirement. Lots of fighters have families but I can certainly see and respect a guy who wants to wait until he doesnt have to spend months at a time away from his family to have children. That makes a lot of sense to me and seems like it's just hating on the guy for no reason. Plus, dudes don't go infertile like chicks, having a kid at 37 is usually no big deal for your little swimmers (which maybe leads to some questions about why that's the case for him but that's another story who only Chael or his doctor could answer)

        • 51, I'm not criticizing him for wanting kids at 37. If he wants kids at any age, good for him. My problem is that he seems to be using the issue as a cover story or excuse to use, what he knows, are banned substances.

          And as far as him using this stuff for the purposes of getting his wife pregnant, and Dana White saying that the fact that his wife is pregnant proves it worked, is just a load of nonsense.

          White has no idea, and nowhere has it been established, that Sonnen couldn't get his wife pregnant without using these products. As such, the pair of them are using this as a cover story to change the subject from…cheating, to…'look I'm a dad.'

          Personally, I find it hard to believe that a 37-year-old healthy athlete can't get his attractive wife pregnant without help. I think it's just a ruse and as Sonnen has no credibility left, I think it's reasonable to consider the possibility of it being a ruse.

          And as you suggest, if he can't get her pregnant then is it the result of another story? And if so, is that story one of chronic PED use that has lowered his natural T-levels to that of a 100 year old man?

  • Cheal explain himself really well in the interview, I wish him well!

    • Really? The Oregon Drugster must have some dirt on Baldy and the Fertitta brothers because I can't quite understand how he is still in the UFC at this point.

      • He sells PPV's!

        • Zip

          I tend to agree with you, Joe, he explained himself very well. In fact, he has changed my mind on the issue. Interesting to see what the NSAC will have to say about it.

  • This guy was caught using illegal drugs in the first or second Silva fight, now he complains again?

    The problem is with Chael is that he is a verbally skilled guy and can talk himself out of problems, but not facts.

    • Exactly. He's a very laweryly guy.

  • If Chael sonnen is infertile and cant get the job done in the bedroom, I'm always happy to help Mrs Sonnen.

  • “I'm having fertility issues" – that’s a fairly limp excuse…." Good one!!! LOL

  • This should be a black and white issue, I've got no idea what the drugs he was busted were are for (and am too lazy to google it). If I hear a doctor say they're in no way performance enhancing as Chael claims then his story should check out. If there's claims that they can have some benefit beyond helping him make little Chael jr. he might be in trouble. I'll wait to pass judgement here.

  • Nail him to a cross