Chael Sonnen Fails Random Drug Test, Out of UFC 175

Written by Tom Ngo
June 10th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

Remember just 13 days ago when Chael Sonnen (pictured) blasted Wanderlei Silva for failing a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission?

Yeah, about that…

According to ESPN.com, Sonnen has also flunked the surprise drug screening he took that same UFC 173 weekend after Anastrozole and Clomiphene were discovered in his system.

Sonnen, who was initially slated to fight Silva at UFC 175, was reassigned to Vitor Belfort after Silva reportedly “ran” when the commission attempted to obtain a urine sample. After Tuesday’s revelation, Sonnen has also been pulled from the July 5 card.

The UFC plans on addressing Sonnen’s situation later today.

“UFC officials acknowledge irregularities in a recent random test,” the UFC expressed in a statement to ESPN.com. “Chael is planning on addressing the matter this afternoon.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Sonnen has cheated during his fighting career. He failed 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.

Sonnen has been a longtime user of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), but this fight was to be his first without the controversial regimen since the NSAC banned the synthetic substance in February. Sonnen previously claimed he would “die” if he didn’t take TRT.

After the NSAC outlawed TRT, Sonnen said he would continue competing without it but would need to adjust his lifestyle.

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