Chael Sonnen Tested Positive For Steroids, Faces One Year Suspension

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.


  1. I was so happy when I heard this. I actually started smiling and was in a good mood for the rest of the day that this moron has something he cannot talk his way out of, which everyone seems to find ‘funny’ or personable’.

    But the $2,500 fine is absolute garbage. What did karo face for prescription painkillers, something like $23,000 or $32,000? I would fine him 10% of his purse for the night, humiliate him on national TV, and then make him pay least 2-3 times more to the commission for this crap. Why such a low fine?

  2. I’m puzzled by the small fine as well Eric, seems almost pointless.

    To be fair though Sonnen will be hit hard financially from this since he can’t fight for the next year, and if previous fighter’s experiences with failed drugs tests are anything to go by then he can expect a lot of his sponsors to drop him as well.


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