The UFC fight between Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 has been scrapped because Sonnen failed a random drug test. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news earlier today that Sonnen tested positive for two illegal substances — anastrozole and clomiphene. Anastrozole is used to treat early symptoms of breast cancer and clomiphene is used for female infertility.
After the news broke, Sonnen went on Jay Mohr’s sports show and explained his failed drug test:
“[The Nevada State Athletic Commission] changed the ruling in Nevada earlier this year, doing away with the [testosterone replacement therapy], and I was on that. So when they changed the rule, we all had to go through a transition phase. For me during the transition, I had to take a couple of things. One is called Clomiphene… and another is called HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). I didn’t fight it or ask for a license. In the interim, they did a test, and I tested positive for these things which I should have because I took them and they were in my system. That wasn’t a surprise. These aren’t anabolics, these aren’t steroids or performance enhancers, but they have deemed that they are banned substances. What’s interesting in my case is that we’re out of competition. These aren’t things that I showed up with on game day. This is out of competition due to a rule that they changed, so it’s an odd spot for me.”
Mohr then went on to ask, “You took yourself out of the Octagon to get it out of your system, so why did you hand in a drug test if you weren’t fighting?” Sonnen replied, “What happens is they do out-of-competition testing, and the lab that they went to is the USADA lab, which is the greatest lab in the world, but it’s a very sensitive test. We’ve done our own test, at our own labs and we thought everything was out of our system. These weren’t secrets that I took these substances, this is what you have to take coming off testosterone. They can handle it however they want. They can say that it makes sense or they can say they don’t like it. The confusing part is that for a non-anabolic, non-steroid, non-performance enhancing agent that is perfectly legal and that I need for a healthy life… essentially, they are saying you have to choose between health and sport. It’s very tough for me because I was very upfront about it being in my system. Why was it in my system? Because I took it, I’ve been taking it, and I had to take it because you guys (NSAC) changed the rules. I now have to go to a hearing and I have a fight in thirty days. There’s no way the hearing will be before then. It’s just kind of a tough spot.”
So to bring you up to speed, Vitor Belfort was supposed to fight UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman, but had to back out because he couldn’t pass a drug test. As a result, Weidman is now scheduled to fight Lyoto Machida. Then, Wanderlei Silva was supposed to fight his bitter rival Chael Sonnen, but had to back out because he refused to take a drug test. Due to that decision, Sonnen was supposed to fight Weidman’s original opponent, Vitor Belfort, but now that fight won’t happen because Sonnen failed his drug test.
Welcome to the circus that is the UFC Middleweight Division.
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