Chael Sonnen may have retired from mixed martial arts, but he’s still paid a heavy price for his recent failed drugs tests as he’s just been removed from his broadcasting responsibilities with both the UFC and FOX.

“UFC AND FOX SPORTS TERMINATE BROADCASTING SERVICES AGREEMENTS WITH CHAEL SONNEN

Las Vegas, Nev. – The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.”

Prior to his failed tests Sonnen had been seen as a hot commodity by FOX and enjoyed a prominent role as an analyst for the network, while UFC President Dana White had claimed that the charismatic fighter essentially had the world at his feet outside of the Octagon due to all the offers of work he had in the broadcasting world.

This was despite the fact that Sonnen already had somewhat of a chequered past, having served a suspension in 2010 after having been found to have elevated levels of testosterone following his first title fight with Anderson Silva, while in 2011 he narrowly escaped jail after pleading guilty to money laundering in connection with mortgage fraud.

Indeed the UFC and FOX also stayed relatively quiet after it emerged recently that Sonnen had failed a random drug test prior to UFC 175, even allowing him to appear on FOX Sports to give his side of the story as to why he had been found to have both Anastrozole and Clomifene in his system.

However the revelation at the weekend that he had now failed a second drug test that showed he was using no less than four illegal substances – human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), anastrozole and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) – appears to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

3 COMMENTS

  1. That kinda blows. Chael is great at broadcasting. He has knowledge/experience of the mma game on a first hand level. Being kicked out as a fighter is understandable but Im gonna miss his broadcasting.

  2. Yeah, he’s terrific in front of the camera. I suspect he’s probably too good for them to cut out of the loop for good – my thinking is that he’ll probably be brought back on-board at some stage in the future. He’s a smart guy and he’s good at manipulating situations to his advantage, so I’m sure he’ll figure it out.

    The biggest mistake he made (aside from using all the illegal drugs in the first place!) was not hanging up his gloves earlier. Retiring after his loss to Jon Jones would have made a lot of sense, or going out on out on a high after submitting ‘Shogun’. Continuing to try to compete even after they banned TRT made no sense whatsoever.

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