Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement From MMA

Written by Tom Ngo
June 11th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

One day after bumbling through another bogus explanation on why he failed yet another drug test, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen (pictured) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Sonnen called it quits on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”

“Guys, I’ve had a great time,” Sonnen stated. “I want to thank coaches Roy Pittman and Dave Sanville and I want to thank my coach Clayton Hires. These guys taught me how to fight and they taught me how to set goals and work hard and persevere, and they stood by me. I want to thank FOX and the leadership at UFC. I want to think Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he believed in me when I really needed someone to believe in me. And I owe the second wind in my career to him.

“And I want to thank the single most important opponent I’ve ever had, I couldn’t have gotten where I am without the dance partner, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity and the memories. Thank you for the invitation to the barbecue. I want to officially announce my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts.”

It was confirmed Tuesday that Sonnen flunked a random drug test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission during UFC 173 weekend for Anastrozole and Clomiphene. Sonnen admitted that he needed to take banned (not illegal) substances to combat life without testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which was outlawed by the NSAC in February.

Sonnen was slated to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175, but was forced to pull out of the July 5 card after his failed drug screening.

Sonnen was an average fighter until he earned a shot at then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva 13 years into his career. The wrestler surprisingly dominated Silva for their entire tango until getting caught in a Hail Mary triangle choke with just 110 seconds remaining on the clock.

Sonnen subsequently failed his post-fight drug test 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.

Despite the positive test, Sonnen still managed to emerge as one of the game’s biggest stars.

Sonnen retires with a 28-14-1 professional record.

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