Chael Sonnen to Appeal Failed Drug Test

Written by Tom Ngo
September 21st, 2010

UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen

After leaving the entire MMA world hanging for the past several days, Chael Sonnen’s camp has finally issued a statement regarding their client’s failed UFC 117 drug test.

Mike Roberts, Sonnen’s manager, told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that Sonnen plans to appeal the California State Athletic Commission’s claim that he tested positive for “abnormally high levels of testosterone,” despite reportedly confessing to CSAC executive director George Dodd the day before his loss to Anderson Silva that he had taken an illegal performance-enhancing drug.

“It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission. Chael is consulting with his legal advisers and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will file [an] appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter,” Roberts told the website.

According to reports, the commission first caught wind of Sonnen’s flunked exam on September 2nd but were awaiting confirmation from a second sample submitted to UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, the same lab used by the U.S. Olympic Committee, before notifying Sonnen.

The part-time realtor had 30 days from the time of the first positive read to file an appeal with the CSAC. Now that Team Sonnen has opted to move forward with their protest, the witty wordsman will have the opportunity to speak at the commission’s next meeting on December 2nd in Sacramento.

In addition to his tarnished reputation, Sonnen is also staring a September 2, 2011 suspension and $2,500 fine dead in the eyes.

He was scheduled to rematch “The Spider” after the champion recovered from a pre-UFC 117 rib injury, but Sonnen’s impending ban has stopped that chatter dead in its tracks.

Sonnen is expected to face the firing squad in the coming days. The MMA media is fully locked and loaded and anxiously awaiting his statement.

On a side note, former UFC heavyweight champ Josh Barnett is also expected to address the commission that same day regarding his failed test from back in July 2009.

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