Very unfortunate news rolls out to the MMA community today, as it has officially been announced by the California State Athletic Comission (CSAC) that Chael Sonnen (24-11-1) has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). The drug test that was failed by Sonnen was taken just prior to his battle with UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva. A battle in which Chael Sonnen dominated for for four-and-a-half rounds before being submitted late in the final championship round.
In an ironic turn of events, the Oregon politician , Sonnen accused seven time Tour De Frace winner, Lance Armstrong of using PEDs just weeks prior to his own failed test. There was also much speculation of steroid use by Sonnen in the MMA Forums as Sonnen’s back showed lesions very similar to a steroid user during his last two UFC weigh-ins. Interestingly, Sonnen tested clean at his two prior UFC bouts against Nate Marquardt, and Yushin Okam.
Sonnen has not responded to any press outlets about the bad news as of yet. The commission has not reported the exact drug(s) found in Sonnen’s system, but reported that it will be released shortly. The commission also has not reported the length of his suspension, but either way Sonnen will likely be looking at a lengthy layoff as others such as Josh Barnett, and Ken Shamrock have had to endure in their failed drug tests by the same commission. The biggest question of all of this is will there still be a rematch with Anderson Silva, and if so, do you still want to see it?