Chael Sonnen Contemplates MMA Return After PED Ban Lifted

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2015

UFC Chael Sonnen

Oh, boy. Chael Sonnen (pictured), one of the biggest cheaters in MMA history, might not be done with tainting the sport just yet.

Apparently, after Sonnen’s two-year drug suspension expires in July 2016, the controversial wrestler might return to the cage.

“His manager believes that after his suspension is up next year, that he’ll fight again,” reporter Ariel Helwani revealed on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

Sonnen was slated to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175. He promptly retired from MMA after his first random drug test showed signs of Anastrozole, Clomiphene and human chorionic gonadotropin.

A second random exam revealed Sonnen tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) and hCG.

Sonnen was then relieved of his broadcasting duties with the UFC and FOX.

Of course, it wasn’t the first occasion Sonnen had 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 owns a 28-14-1 professional record. He’ll be 39 when his suspension is lifted.

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