UFC and FOX Fire Chael Sonnen From Broadcasting Duties

Written by Tom Ngo
June 30th, 2014

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen’s (pictured) post-fighting career is off to a disastrous start. Following his second failed random drug test with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in five weeks, the former UFC star has been relieved from his broadcasting duties with the UFC and FOX.

“The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen,” the UFC expressed in Monday’s official statement. “This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.”

Sonnen, who opted to retire earlier this month after word broke that he flunked his first random drug screening for Anastrozole and Clomiphene. The 37-year-old later admitted to also taking hCG.

On June 17, the NSAC handed Sonnen a temporary suspension for the flunked random exam.

However, the commission didn’t get the results back from the second random drug test they had administered on June 5 when the initial ban was levied. That test subsequently showed Sonnen had HGH, EPO and hCG in his system.

The NSAC will now include the verdict of Sonnen’s second failed test before issuing their final verdict. Sonnen will have the chance to stand before the commission at their July 23 meeting in Las Vegas.

However, seeing as how Sonnen’s now retired, it doesn’t really matter how long they suspended him.

Sonnen is a longtime user of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The NSAC banned the controversial treatment in February and Sonnen has been struggling to find ways to compete without the synthetic substance.

Sonnen, arguably the best smack talker the UFC has ever seen, has been serving as co-host on Fox Sports 1’s weekly series “UFC Tonight” and is a regular analyst for the UFC’s pre- and post-fight shows.

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