After nearly serving up one of the biggest upsets in MMA history by almost dethroning then-UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) in their first encounter, Chael Sonnen (pictured) and Silva will forever be linked. “Medium Rare” even further strengthens their bond.
However, after it was revealed Tuesday that Silva had tested positive for two different performance-enhancing drugs – Drostanolone, an anabolic steroid, and Androsterone, a form of endogenous testosterone, their connection couldn’t be any stronger.
Sonnen is one of the biggest cheats MMA has ever seen. He was fired from the UFC and as a Fox analyst after flunking two random drug tests before his scheduled UFC 175 scrap against Vitor Belfort.
Sonnen was busted for Anastrozole, Clomiphene, human growth hormone (hGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and testosterone during his controversial 16-year MMA career.
That extensive résumé speaks for itself. So, if anyone knows anything about facing the firing squad after PED abuse, it’s Sonnen.
Sonnen offered up some advice to his former adversary Wednesday about his failed drug test – bite the bullet and be honest.
“As soon as you test positive for something people will want to say it was over your whole career,” Sonnen told Steven Crowder. “And my response is, that’s fair. That’s a fair statement. If you get hit with something it runs you all the way back in time.
“I don’t think it helps a guy to ever come out and go, ‘No no no. This was a one time. Man, they caught me on a bad…’ Call it what it is. You took it. You got caught. The end. And that’s what happened. We’ll see how Anderson handles it, but I think when somebody, at least for me, when somebody tried to say things, even when it wasn’t accurate, I think I still deserve it. If you test positive and somebody wants to run that back all the way to when I started my career at nine years old, I don’t think that guy’s wrong.”
Silva issued a brief statement yesterday professing his innocence.
When asked if Sonnen thought Silva was on PEDs during their two encounters, a submission loss in 2010 and a TKO defeat in 2012, Sonnen said if Silva was taking something illegal for their two fights then the Brazilian has probably on something for most of his illustrious career.
“If you’re asking me if he took something – there’s two tests that you take. The first test is not the urine drug test. The first test is the visual. When a guy takes his t-shirt off and gets in the ring or steps on the scale, you look at him. If a guy got better with time, you can’t do that on your own. Anderson Silva’s body doesn’t appear to have changed at all. So, a reasonable person would conclude that whatever he was on now, he was on before. But there’s no evidence to support that.”