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Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement After 17 Years in the Sport


Just a day after his failed drug test former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen has announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts effectively immediately. The announcement was made on UFC tonight.

When Discussing his positive test Sonnen explained Sonnen replied, “ 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.”

Sonnen announced today that he has to choose his health over the sport and that he will be retiring with a 28-14-1 as a professional and over 17 years in the sport. Sonnen made the announcement he will be concentrating his efforts on his health and his family at this time.

We will continue updates as this story progresses.