In an interview with MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani after the UFC 119 pre-fight press conference Dana White was choosing his words carefully, but did state that we’re not yet seeing the full picture with regards to Chael Sonnen’s positive test for performance enhancing drugs.
“Actually Chael’s in a really good place actually,” White said when asked how the middleweight contender was dealing with recent events. “Listen there’s more to this story than is being told and meet’s the eye, and it’ll all come out in the Athletic Commission hearing.”
Many had hoped to hear Sonnen’s side of the story tonight after it was announced that he would be appearing on ESPN’s MMA Live show.
Unfortunately the fighter has since canceled that appearance, and it does look like we will have to wait until the commission hearing in December to find out exactly what White is referring to.
An interesting part of this whole debacle that may play into this is NSAC’s George Dodd’s statement that Sonnen had actually warned them that he may test positive prior to the fights.
That suggests that the fighter may have felt he had some legitimate excuse for the reading. Unfortunately for him even if that is the case Dodd has already clarified that simply warning them about the potential problem moments before the test was due to begin is not enough, and that a suspension would more than likely still be kept in place.
Regardless of it’s effect on the commission, any valid reason Sonnen can provide would certainly help to salvage his reputation and credibility in the sport.
If he is unable to do that then he may have to wait far longer than a year to get another title shot in the UFC.