Sorry, not sorry. That’s the stance former UFC middleweight top contender Chael Sonnen (pictured) is taking after failing two consecutive random drug tests, which ultimately ended his UFC career and cost him a broadcasting job with FOX.
For the first time since his second positive drug screening came to light in July, Sonnen addressed his unceremonious exit from the mixed martial arts scene on his new podcast, “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen.”
“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry,” Sonnen said of his two flunked drug screenings. “I’m a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision. If I go jump in my car and I back up and I hit my neighbor’s garbage cans, I’m sorry for that. This was a calculated decision. I made the decision and I’ll live with it. That’s it. I wouldn’t make any excuses about it.”
Sonnen was slated to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175. The 37-year-old called it quits after his first failed random drug test, which was initially administered in May, revealed he was on Anastrozole and Clomiphene. He subsequently retired from MMA, but not before admitting to also taking human growth hormone.
Fast forward one month from then and Sonnen tested positive for hGH, recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Sonnen knew exactly what he put in his body, and for that reason he doesn’t feel the need to apologize to anyone, and he for damn sure wasn’t going to be forthright and come clean to his legion of fans.
“As far as it went with these tests and me, it reminded me of calculus class my junior year high school – I’m going to fail them all,” Sonnen stated. “You can just quit testing me. I’ll stipulate to it right now. I had a plethora of things in my system. I thought it was out of my system. I had done my own tests and they came back hot. So I never asked for a license and I kept testing myself. I waited until they were clean, I then asked for a license. They gave me a license, and then they tested me. They sent it to a lab that was far superior than the ones I had access to, and they found the stuff in my system. That’s it. I’m beat. I took it and I did it.
“I don’t have to make anything public. Particularly when it comes to medical. You’re talking about something medical. You’re talking about somebody doing something that a doctor said he should be doing. I’m not saying that’s what I’m doing. I’m not breaking the rules – that’s not what I’m doing. To quote Bill Clinton in 1992, ‘I’m not trying to be helpful in your investigation. I will answer your questions, but I am not trying to help you put me away.’”
In all, Sonnen tested positive three times under the UFC’s watch. 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.
Armed with a new podcast, and a recent commentary job at BattleGrounds MMA, Sonnen is slowly trying to make his way back into the MMA business.
Sonnen, along with UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar, is considered one of MMA’s biggest cheaters.