Chael Sonnen Comes Clean: I Knew What I Was Doing


Last night (August 13, 2014), reported that the “American Gangster” himself, Chael Sonnen, had finally come out and explained his actions regarding his recent failed drug tests. Sonnen appeared on Chris Jericho’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast and admitted that he knew exactly what he was doing, stating, “I knew what I was doing I thought I could have my cake and eat it too.”

Sonnen also said he was not taking any type of steroids, he was taking prescriptions from doctors; however, he was fully aware they were banned substances. Sonnen recently failed two drug tests that forced him out of his UFC 175 bout and ultimately persuaded him to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). This situation brings up the question of how the MMA community will remember Sonnen.

Before these recent drug test failures, we may have remembered Sonnen as the one who put arguably the greatest fighter of all time, Anderson Silva, to the ultimate test, battering him for four-and-half rounds and nearly taking “The Spider’s” middleweight strap home with him in the process.

Or possibly we would remember when he submitted Brazilian legend “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 26 last year. Above all we would remember his notorious trash talking. After all, it was his talking that earned him a light heavyweight title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 159 in April 2013.

But now what?

Will MMA fans remember The “American Gangster” as purely a cheater, a fighter that gave a bad image to a sport that was already highly criticized to begin with?

Fans may also question how good Sonnen really was. How much did he cheat and for how long? Sonnen himself believes that people always forgive those who come clean:

“People are forgiving when you’re honest… If I could ever advise someone who is in my shoes, just come clean.”

Will the fans be on his side? Was he really just a “bad guy” after all? Only time will tell in this ever-evolving world of MMA.

  • I for one was always one of Sonnens biggest fans. He grew up and trained most of his career close to my home town and where I live now. He was the only fighter bringing Oregon to the main stage, and on top of that I always found him hilarious. But even a die hard fan such as myself is forced to take a hard look at how exactly he achieved his success. I've gone from jumping around my living room the first time he dropped Silva, to now just hoping this guy goes away and stops embarrassing himself. It's sad.

    • Wow, Fedor I don't know why people "weaked" you (and why they are going to "weak" me too I guess) but I agree. I liked Sonnen and how he went after the best in the world even though he was not the best. He "appeared" to be doing it on grit, effort and determination. I loved that. His sense of humor was sometimes a little too offensive but generally I liked that too. I was very sad to see the cheating and it changed my opinion of him. It was sad. I don't wish him poorly. I hope he re-sets his ethical compass and goes on to do well in life. He really screwed himself in terms of a good commentating career – Karma I guess.

      • By the way, I don't know if you remember a few years back when Anton was here there was a "Chael Sonnen" member here smack talking so well – that was me. I was a big fan. I pulled it off well enough that Anton asked me for an interview! It was all in fun.

      • For real!

    • Keep liking Chael, Fedor just about every fighter uses PED's their is only a handfull that dont, and chances are all the fighters you enjoy watching are taking something that is banned.

  • Ivy

    I'll remember him for being a great wrestler and a pretty good MMA fighter. Most of all for his mastery of the English language through the art of smack talk. I'm disappointed in his drug test failures, and appreciate his honesty now about it. I think he'll return one day, hopefully clean and either fight or commentate, or both.

  • I will say I will always remember the nerves of steel on this guy. He bum rushed Anderson when everyone was afraid to do so. My jaw dropped when he did the same thing to Bones, a dominant champion twice his size. Chael said he was afraid of no man, and backed it up in a huge way.

  • Chael will be remembered as the no fear gritty competitor he was, but with an asteris. I don't think people will see him as a "disgrace" or "cheater" first.

    There is just too much of this stuff – Wanderlei, Overeem, Vitor, and so on and so forth. If he was the only one then it would be different.

  • Spoken like the real piece of garbage sonnen is and known as, now he's telling the truth and admitting to being a pos and only because it benefits him to admit. What a self serving piece of bigot trash.