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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.

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Autumn Ziemba
Autumn’s interest in Martial Arts began in her early teens through her father and brother. They trained together for several years. During those years she was also active in Sports. Autumn took a break from Martial Arts and athletics to pursue her education. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Oneonta State College in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-professional Human Services. She then studied Social Sciences at Binghamton University receiving her Masters in Social Science in 2009. Her passion lies in Gender equality for sports and facets of Mixed Martial Arts. She currently works as a Criminal Justice Professional. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys engaging with people of various backgrounds to gain an understanding of different perspectives in the world of MMA.