According to Doctor Johny Benjamin, Chael Sonnen had to have used steroids in the past, because in his mind no man could be a top collegiate wrestler with ‘hypogonadism’ as Sonnen admits having. The medical term is used to describe a diminished function of the testes (or ovaries in a women). Sonnen has been approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for exemption of testosterone replacement therapy in his upcoming bout with champ, Anderson Silva, citing hypogonadism as his cause for low T. Via BloodyElbow.com:
“Was Chael Sonnen a big time collegiate wrestler? Yes he was. I’m going to opine and say to you, there’s no way in the world you get to the level of collegiate wrestling that Chael Sonnen was at, with hypogonadism. Let me explain to you why. Hypogonadism means that the testes did not produce enough testosterone for one to normally mature. He wasn’t on TRT as a teenager. He became this big, muscled up monster and NCAA wrestler with hypogonadism? Hell no. The truth of the matter is, you could never get to that level, because you’re not going to have the muscle mass and strength to get you there. They’re going to run you over. Your body will not allow you to develop enough muscle and strength to compete at your size. If he has hypogonadism, it’s from one thing, and one thing only, because he treated himself with steroids in the past, and wrecked his testes. That’s it.”
Those are the words from the doctors mouth. Multiple accusations have been made of fighters using steroids. From Ken Shamrock to Mike Pyle, but is that true in Chael’s case? We may not ever know exactly, and can only take the doctor speculation at face value.