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Wanderlei Silva Claims One Year Steroid Suspension Too Long For Chael Sonnen

Written by Tom Ngo
October 5th, 2010
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Former Pride Champ UFC Wanderlei Silva

Although Wanderlei Silva suggested he would kick Chael Sonnen’s teeth in if he didn’t start to respect those that came before him,”The Axe Murderer” has come to his middleweight counterpart’s defense now that Sonnen is facing a 12-month suspension courtesy of his flunked UFC 117 drug test.

“[Sonnen] is one year out. But that’s tough, a year is too much time,” Wandy told MMACanada of Chael’s impending ban. “I agree with what [UFC president Dana White] said, they took his job for a year, that’s terrible. This guy has a family and this guy needs to work. I think six month’s is ok, a year is too much time.

“[Steroids] is wrong, but you can’t take a job from a guy for a year. That’s not so good. That’s bad.”

While White and Silva have opted to focus on the length of the punishment, perhaps the spotlight should be centered around prevention. That’s the primary driving force behind perusing stricter penalties for cheaters, specifically multi-time abusers. Clearly, nobody wants to see the breadwinner of a household struggle to make ends meet. At the same time, fans will not continue to pay top dollar to see a tainted product either.

Some have suggested Octagon brass should enforce a zero-tolerance policy to help purify the sport, while others have rallied behind a more forgivable three-strikes philosophy. Competitors will always look to gain an advantage, so adopting either of these rules wouldn’t completely eradicate PED use in MMA. At the same time, graver consequences need to be established in order to deter potential cheaters of committing the dastardly deed in the first place.

If you can’t do the time, don’t commit the crime.

Sonnen is expected to appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission on December 2nd in Sacramento to plead his case.

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