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Sonnen: ‘Overeem did nothing illegal, MMA media screwed up’

No surprise that current top middleweight contender, Chael Sonnen would side with a fellow fighter in deep water for ‘suspected’ performance-enhancing drug use. During last night’s episode of UFC Tonight, Sonnen chimed in, defending Alistair Overeem’s recent 14:1 T/E ratio. An audacious Sonnen fired verbal shots at the MMA Media for ‘screwing up’ reporting on the situation as a positive test. Something Sonnen felt he himself was a victim of after failing his PED test, as the media reported for ‘extremely’ elevated levels of testosterone, which Sonnen denies to this day.

“Congratulations to MMA media, right when I think you’re incompetence can’t get to any higher level, the Alistair Overeem story comes out. You kids on the interweb, running your little ‘dot com’s’ from the couch in your mother’s basement, you beneficiaries of Mark Cuban’s tax write-off, you’ve gone and screwed up the Alistair Overeem case, beyond belief. Is it repairable? I doubt it.”

Sonnen continues on his defense by tip-toeing around the fact that a 14:1 ratio (1:1 average male) is unfathomable without some kind of enhancer, by focusing on the fallacy of ‘steroid use’ that some fans have fallen into.

“Hey. If I’m a member of the media and someone tells me that Alistair Overeem failed a drug test, the very first thing I’m going to say is: ‘Really? What substance did he test positive for?’ Now, you see, those basic questions are where the wheels begin to fall off the bus to this entire story. Alistair Overeem did not test positive for anything. End of story. So why is his name getting drug through the mud? Why are they saying, ‘Well, he’s got an elevated T-to-E ratio. Ok, fair enough. Let’s say his T-to-E ratio is outside the norm. That’s not illegal. That’s outside the norm. That’s a red flag. That is a red flag, and Alistair will owe an explanation. If it’s not against the rules, why are we having this conversation? MMA Media: Ya failed! It reminds me of a time when Ronald Reagan was President, and somebody in his cabinet had to stand trial. He gets acquitted and he says, ‘Well, great. I’ve won the trial, but who do I see to get my reputation back?'”

Chael may be correct that Overeem could come out of the situation ‘innocent,’ but that will not be known till we hear Reem’s side of the story before the commission. Fellow UFC Tonight host Kenny Florian responds with a counter.

“If you have common sense, you realize that is not a normal ratio. A male’s normal ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone is 1-to-1. You have the Nevada State Athletic Commission that allows you to have a 6-to-1 ratio. Overeem’s ratio is 14-to-1. How does it get there? Did it just happen, out of the blue? Is this guy just more superhuman than everybody else out there? No. That’s happening because he’s taking something. Alright? That’s the only way you get there. You know, we’d all love to take this stuff. But what it does is, it gives you an unfair advantage because you can train harder, you can train longer, you can recover faster. To me, maybe I can get another 20 fights under my belt if I take this stuff, but I can’t. I’m not gonna use it to fight another human. I think it’s unfair. Something’s going on there. At the end of the day, there is gonna be a legal meeting to determine whether Overeem fights or not. But, it’s obvious — he’s taking something. “

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