The Nevada Athletic Commission cleared the path for UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen to challenge divisional champion Anderson Silva at UFC 148 after the regulatory board approved his request for an exemption pertaining to bi-weekly injections of testosterone. Sonnen met with the NAC yesterday where he detailed his need for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, saying he’d been undergoing treatment since 2008 but didn’t report it until recently because his former manager led him to believe he was already in the clear.
As part of this week’s agreement Sonnen will be subject to increased testing leading up to the July 7 headliner, as well as a screening the day after the fight, in order to assure he is not exceeding the mandated ratio.
The 35-year old also agreed to the NAC’s request for him to serve as an adviser in future instances relating to TRT.
Sonnen’s name first came up in connection with testosterone after his bout with Silva in August 2010 when he tested positive for elevated levels and received a yearlong suspension as a result.
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