Sonnen Tests Positive For HGH and EPO

Published on June 29th, 2014 5:10 pm EST

Earlier in the month, Chael Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole and clomiphene. These two drugs, while not performing enhancing, are on the list of banned substances for fighters.

Shortly after the results of this test were released, Sonnen declared that the drugs were necessary for him to transition off of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy), which was officially banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission earlier in the year. If he didn't take those drugs, Sonnen said, he would have had some particularly nasty side effects.

After making his case as to why he was taking anastrozole and clomiphene, Sonnen announced his retirement. Chael was originally supposed to be taking on Vitor Belfort at UFC 175, but the fight was scrapped after Sonnen's positive drug test and retirement.

Earlier this week, the Nevada Athletic Commission revealed that Sonnen had tested positive for HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and EPO (recombinant human erythropoietin) after the NAC performed a surprise blood and urine test on him on June 5th.

While Sonnen could have made a case for taking anastrozole and clomiphere, there is no denying that HGH and EPO are both clearly performance enhancing drugs.

Sonnen is already retired, so this will have no implications on any fights going forward.

However, Sonnen was one of the most popular fighters in the sport, and this will obviously tarnish the image of the UFC. The promotion has claimed that it is trying to clean up the sport, but having one of their most popular fighters test positive for performance enhancing drugs obviously won't help.

Sonnen is a popular analyst on Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1, and it will be interesting to see how this most recent revelation impacts his standing with Fox and the UFC going forward. With Fox and the UFC want to simply wash their hands of Sonnen and keep him off of the air? Have we heard the last from Chael P. Sonnen?

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