On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Chael Sonnen (pictured) provided yet another reason why random drug testing is the best way to weed out the cheats.
On Wednesday, the UFC confirmed Wanderlei Silva failed to secure a licence from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to fight Sonnen at UFC 173. Sonnen said it was because Silva turned magician when the committee sprung a surprise drug test on him this past weekend.
“Wanderlei has operated his entire career under the suspicion that he was using performance-enhancing drugs,” Sonnen stated. “However, he has never failed a drug test. So, we don’t speculate on those types of things.
“That clean record came to a screeching halt on Saturday night. Not only did he fail his test, he refused to take his test, and as you know, a refusal is equal in the eyes of the commission to a failure. He ran from the test. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I mean, they came to his gym and he literally ran. He goes out a side door. They came after him saying his name.”
Sonnen will now battle Vitor Belfort, who has his own licensing issues with the NSAC, in the July 5 event. The two will collide in a light heavyweight affair, but Sonnen claims it’s for the middleweight top contender moniker.
As far as Silva’s future is concerned, Sonnen believes his bitter rival’s UFC days might be over.
“I have not spoken to the athletic commission of Nevada, so here I am going to speculate. They will revoke his license and perhaps his career with the UFC will be done,” Sonnen said in closing.
Sonnen flunked a drug test after losing to then-middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117 when he clocked a testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1, more than four times the legal limit permitted by the California State Athletic Commission. The average man has a T/E ratio of 1:1.
But, at least Sonnen didn’t run from the test, right?