In a move likely surprising as many MMA enthusiasts as there are remaining hairs on Dana White’s dome, it appears UFC 185-pound contender Chael Sonnen will file an appeal in relation to the California State Athletic Commission’s recent findings that he used “performance enhancing drugs” prior to his fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last August in Oakland.
News of the appeal was reported by MMAFighting, who received confirmation of the process after speaking to Sonnen’s manager, Mike Roberts. Roberts also said Sonnen would make his own statement on the matter later this week.
Though no specific substance has been named in the situation, the CSAC’s executive director (George Dodd) did tell Sports Illustrated Sonnen’s results revealed abnormally high levels of testosterone and mentioned the outspoken middleweight had admitted to using an “illegal PED” in a discussion with him during pre-fight medicals a day before the bout with Silva.
Depending on the outcome of Sonnen’s appeal, he could be forcibly sidelined by the commission for up to a full year, as well as have to pay a $2,500 fine, based on the infraction. Regardless, it seems his rumored New Year’s Day rematch against “The Spider” is almost certainly off at this point barring a dramatic change in circumstances.
Sonnen is 25-11-1 in his career and had won a trio of consecutive fights entering the title-bout with Silva at UFC 117. He holds past victories over Paulo Filho, Trevor Prangley, Yushin Okami, and Nate Marquardt.