Chael Sonnen Granted TUE Expemption to Fight Anderson Silva at UFC 148

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2012

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

The Nevada State Athletic Commission hosted a star-studded lineup in Monday’s meeting. In addition to having Nick Diaz address his marijuana suspension, Chael Sonnen (Pictured) was also in the house to request a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).

The committee voted unanimously in favor of granting Sonnen the exemption, officially clearing the path for him to challenge middleweight king Anderson Silva for his crown at UFC 148.

However, there are stipulations attached to Sonnen’s exemption. The 35-year-old has to submit a post-fight blood test the morning after the bout at his own expense. He must also allow the NSAC to review his recent TUE applications to Texas and Illinois, the states which hosted his last two contests.

After pushing Silva to the brink of defeat in a submission loss at UFC 117, Sonnen produced a failed drug exam following the August 2010 contest. Shortly after that, the former realtor would plead guilty to money laundering in a Federal Courthouse.

In December 2010, Sonnen’s attorney and physician argued their client had been undergoing TRT since early 2008 and had previously disclosed his testosterone usage to NSAC executive director Keith Kizer.

His clearance through Kizer was one of the primary reasons, if not THE reason, the California State Athletic Commission reduced Sonnen’s one-year suspension in half. Kizer did not attend the appeals meeting in Cali, therefore could not refute Sonnen’s claims. However, Kizer has done so on multiple occasions since.

Sonnen later revealed that it was his manager, Matt Lindland, who informed Kizer of his TRT use. Kizer did recall a conversation with Lindland in 2008 regarding exemption, but Sonnen’s name was never brought up specifically.

After riding out his six-month ban with the CSAC, Sonnen was immediately issued an indefinite administrative suspension by the NSAC for pleading guilty to his felony conviction in Oregon, as well as possibly providing false testimony during his California hearing.

Uncle Chael was finally free and clear to resume his controversial career last June.

Sonnen will rematch “The Spider” July 7th inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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