In the past year, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen has become as known for his outspokenness as much as his extraordinary wrestling ability. Whether offering an opinion on his peers in MMA or making social commentary in general, Sonnen has rarely shied away from expressing his unique viewpoint on any given topic whether asked to or not. It seems the trait may serve him well in the coming weeks based on a failed drug test from UFC 117.
According to a report on Sherdog, the California State Athletic Commission found evidence of performance enhancing drugs in Sonnen’s system during post-event lab work. Though the specific nature of the substances were not revealed, the result is believed to involve PEDs as it was made clear no “drugs of abuse” were found to have been used.
The news is not only a blow to Sonnen’s camp and his fans, but the UFC’s future plans as well. Based on his near-defeat of 185-pound champion Anderson Silva this past August it was believed a rematch was set to occur on January 1st, 2011 at UFC 125. However, it seems highly unlikely the bout will take place now if for no other reason the mandatory 6-12 month suspension attached to similar infractions in the past by the CSAC.
Currently no official comment has been made on the part of Sonnen or the UFC in regards to this weekend’s breaking news.