Chael Sonnen will no longer be associated with the Ultimate Fighting Championship thanks to a second failed drug test.
It’s hard to feel sorry for him though.
There has never been a more privileged fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s history than Chael Sonnen.
Ever since the Portland native made a name for himself with a dominant performance against Anderson Silva at UFC 117, he couldn’t do any wrong in the eyes of the promotion’s brass.
Never mind the fact he failed the post fight drug test afterwards, showing elevated levels of testosterone. Dana White didn’t care, and neither did lots of MMA fans who were happy to see a promising “Murican” fighter do well in the Brazilian dominated sport.
I mean, how could the UFC go wrong. Sonnen spoke like a seasoned right-wing politician, often using racially insensitive comments to endear himself to a certain segment of the MMA community.
It did go wrong.
Despite the preferential treatment he enjoyed, Sonnen was never able to hack it against elite mixed martial artists. For his rematch against Anderson Silva, Sonnen was allowed to legally cheat by way of testosterone replacement therapy, but all that didn’t mean much when “The Spider” drove a knee into his sternum, bringing an end to the UFC 148 rematch early in the second round.
Dana White refused to give up though.
Only two months after his second loss to Silva, without a single fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light-heavyweight division, the UFC’s brass tried to force Sonnen on Jon Jones with only eight days notice. The youngest champion in the promotion’s history was intelligent enough to see through the piles of bull excrement, but it was very clear the UFC would go to any lengths in its quest to make Sonnen a champion.
Thus, it wasn’t that surprising when White made an fool of himself and the entire sport of MMA, after news broke that Chael Sonnen failed a random drug, with anastrozole and clomiphene popping up in his sample.
Oh, the excuses were pathetic. Something about his wife getting pregnant and some more nonsense about the rules being unclear. What was obvious was the fact Dana White and Chael Sonnen are two men that will never have an idea what the word “integrity” means.
It was the most shameful day in MMA history.
Ironically, it was all for nothing.
Surprise, surprise! It turns out Sonnen failed yet another drug test, with two new banned substances (HGH and EPO) showing up in his system this time around. There’s no spinning this. At this point, the damage Chael Sonnen does to the UFC brand and the sport of MMA outweighs the fact he does come up with some amusing sayings every now and then.
Who would have thought Sonnen’s refusal to turn away from his cheating ways would end up costing him the opportunity to do something he’s actually good at: broadcasting. Some would call it karma. Sonnen’s finally moments inside the Octagon, getting rag dolled by Rashad Evans. His lasting legacy, a cheater that still wasn’t good enough to win a championship, PEDs and all.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.