This afternoon further details on Chael Sonnen’s positive drugs tests at UFC 117 last month have began to emerge.
Firstly, contrary to prior reports the substance in Sonnen’s system was not a “natural” steroid according to NSAC’s George Dodd.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross provides the following update via his twitter account.
“Chael Sonnen tested for “well above normal levels of testosterone,” according to CSAC executive director George Dodd.”
Furthermore, MMAJunkie also reveal that Sonnen was first flagged on the 2nd of September and further tests the following week confirmed that there was a presence of performance enhancers.
Sonnen now has thirty days to appeal, but it looks increasingly like that he will serve a full one year suspension, meaning that he would be eligible to return to the octagon on September 2nd, 2011.
In a bizarre twist to the continually developing story Josh Gross then reported that Sonnen had in fact informed the comission that he might test positive.
“He only indicated that he was taking it but he never indicated why,” CSAC’s George Dodd told Gross.
Exactly what the “it” that he is alleged to have taken is has still not been clarified at this stage.
Dodd did however clarify that Sonnen’s confession did not help his case.
“Whenever you’re taking an enhancing drug you have to let the commission know prior to even taking the test that you’re taking, and what the medical reasons are why you’re taking the drug,” Dodd said. “That way we can verify with our commission doctors that the reason you’re taking that is the reason you should be on that type of drug. You can’t just come in and say, ‘Hey, I’m taking this,’ and think that’s going to get you off.”
Clearly there’s more to come from this story so stay tuned for all the latest details in the coming days.