Although the world’s premier MMA promotion will invade a new state tonight at “UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop,” Chael Sonnen and his flunked UFC 117 drug test have dominated the headlines. While everyone might want to believe UFC president Dana White has the power to invoke change, the sport’s single-most influential figure would like for you to please speak with Uncle Sam.
“The big misconception is that Dana tells the athletic commission this and that. I don’t tell the athletic commission jack [expletive],” White stated Thursday. “The athletic commission could give a flying rat’s ass what I think or what I have to say. They oversee me. They tell me what I’ve got to do. I have to sit back now and see what’s going to happen.
“Every other sport has a commissioner. The NFL has a commissioner. When something goes wrong he comes in and says here’s what’s going to happen. The government tells my fighters what’s going to happen to them. Every time these guys step inside the Octagon and compete the government is overseeing this. They drug test them. They do all the medical testing. They do everything.”
Sonnen became White’s second prominent employee in the last month to get busted for (allegedly) using performance-enhancing drugs. Former interim heavyweight champ Shane Carwin’s name appeared on an unenviable list of athletes that may have received steroids from an Alabama-based pharmacy.
Although Carwin co-stared in the UFC’s most hyped heavyweight event, Sonnen’s predicament hurts the sport far more. Not only did he talk a ridiculous game leading up to his showdown with middleweight king Anderson Silva, but he backed it up by pushing the planet’s baddest 185-pounder to the absolute brink of defeat. It was as if Sonnen was too good to be true, and we all know how that saying goes…
As for the former top contender’s future, White once again diverted those questions towards your local Congressmen.
“They tell me what’s going to happen. The government will come in. They’ll test these guys. You get yourself busted for taking whatever it was you were taking, marijuana, or some illegal substance,” White said.
“Here’s what [the commission is going to do]. ‘I’m going to take away your ability to work for a year’, you can’t make a living for a year. ‘Then on top of that, I’m going to make you pay a fine from this fight you were having’. Most of these fighters, that money that they had from their fight, that’s already spent – ‘I’m going to buy this and I’m going to do that’. Plus, the tax on that money. They’re going to get taxed on that money and they have to pay that fine.
“You don’t realize how devastating it is. They’ve already been punished. They’re down and out. What am I going to do? Go over and kick them in the face? What else is there to do? I’m going to fine you and suspend you for another three months? The government is the commissioner!”