Chael Sonnen Tests Positive for Performance-Enhancing Drugs Following UFC 117

Written by Tom Ngo
September 19th, 2010

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

My momma always told me that, ‘If something is too good to be true, it probably is’. According to California State Athletic Commission executive officer George Dodd, top contender Chael Sonnen has been notified he failed a post-fight drug screening following his loss to middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 117.

“[Sonnen] received his notice yesterday,” Dodd told Sherdog.com on Saturday evening.

According to the report, Dodd stated on Friday all the contestants that participated inside Oracle Arena in Oakland on August 7th had passed drugs-of-abuse screenings, but that the commission was still waiting on the results for performance-enhancing drugs.

Dodd did not specify which PED(s) triggered the positive result.

The chatty challenger dominated Silva for 23 minutes and 10 seconds last month at UFC 117, however found himself on the wrong end of a Hail Mary triangle-armbar submission that abruptly ended his evening.

Although he didn’t leave Oaktown with the crown, Chael emerged as the company’s golden boy. His witty one-liners and charismatic mic skills solidified his spot as one of the sport’s more popular athletes, while his performance against Silva was so impressive, UFC brass offered up an immediate rematch since no man had ever handled the Brazilian like that inside an Octagon.

The middleweights were expected to meet after the champion recovered from a pre-UFC 117 rib injury, either on New Year’s Eve or Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. It appeared as though February 6th was the front-runner to land the mulligan, but let’s see if his top contender status is still solidified with a failed drug test.

Former lightweight champ Sean Sherk and his UFC 73 nemesis Hermes Franca were the last major UFC banned-substance cases in California. Coincidentally, each tested positive for PEDs back in July 2007. Both 155-pounders were suspended for one year and fined, although Sherk appealed and had his ban dropped to six months.

Ed Soares, Silva’s manager and direct target of many of Sonnen’s disses, told Sherdog that it was an unfortunate situation ;).

“If it’s true, I feel really bad for him,” said Soares. “I know he did it to himself, but it is really sad. He put on such a great performance that night. It is just a shame it will be tarnished.”

Sonnen made a cameo at the grand opening of the UFC Gym in Rosemead, California on Saturday. He obviously made no mention of the positive test result, and did not respond to Sherdog’s text message late last night.

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