Yesterday the news first broke that the UFC’s Chael Sonnen had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, but at the time the substance he had used was not known.
Today many fans worst fears were confirmed when Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reported that Sonnen had tested positive for, “a natural steroid.”
Contrary to the initial reports yesterday he also revealed after a conversation with CSAC’s George Dodd that it was a pre-fight urine sample which tested positive.
According to Dodd the UFC’s middleweight division No.1 contender faces a year’s suspension and a $2,500 fine, and now has 30 days to appeal the decision. So far Sonnen has not commented on the situation.
It’s disappointing news, and ensures that Sonnen’s remarkable performance at UFC 117, which saw him come within two minutes of a famous victory over current champion Anderson Silva before getting caught in a submission, is now tarnished, and will now be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
The one saving grace is that it he didn’t win, and if anything Silva’s breathtaking comeback to maintain his unbeaten run since joining the UFC will now be looked upon even more favorably than before.
With a year’s suspension now looming an expected blockbuster rematch between the two fighters which had been penciled in for early next year now lies on the scrap heap and the UFC must now look to establish a new title contender for Silva. Read more of our thoughts on what happens next in in the 185lb title race here.