Neil Melanson, the man who trained Chael Sonnen and brought him to the brink of defeating the iconic Brazilian and arguably the great mixed martial artist of his time, Anderson Silva, has a few things he’d like to get straight with the fans and the California State Athletic Commission.
Melanson’s pointed observation that most of the positive tests for PEDs in MMA usually occur in California backs up his fighter’s statement that he did not use drugs.
Melanson, the jujitsu instructor at Extreme Couture in Las Vegas, works with Randy Couture, Karo Parisyan, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee, Goran Reljic, Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort. He spent seven years in the Navy and five years as a Special Agent for the Federal Air Marshals.
For his part, Silva was careful with his comments about Sonnen after the fight.
“I didn’t notice anything during the fight,” Silva said. “I couldn’t tell he was on something. It’s sad for the sport, I think it was an unsportsmanlike attitude. But the commissions will take care of this and I hope this serves as an example to other athletes as well.”
So it goes…