Chael Sonnen remained a fixture in the world of MMA news when the UFC and FOX released him on Monday following a second failed drug test.

On Tuesday, UFC President Dana White spoke about the decision he and the UFC were faced with after learning of Sonnen’s second failed test. The fighter already had been pulled from Saturday’s UFC 175 with the first failure, which led to his retirement from MMA.

But the second failed random test was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and the three-time title challenger was not only cut from his analyst duties with FOX Sports, but was released from the UFC entirely.

“It’s never easy making a decision like this,” White told “America’s Pregame” on FOX Sports 1 on Tuesday night. “Chael’s a person that I personally care about. I know a lot of people at FOX care about him, too. The guy had four banned substances in his system leading up to a fight here in Las Vegas. It’s a tough one – it’s one of those hard decisions you’ve got to make. It’s something we had to do.”

Sonnen (28-14-1) announced his retirement from MMA on June 11, shortly after a first failed drug test was announced in Nevada. He announced his retirement on FOX Sports 1's “UFC Tonight,” the weekly show he was co-host of alongside Kenny Florian.

Sonnen was randomly tested in late May in Las Vegas ahead of a scheduled UFC 175 fight against what was supposed to be Wanderlei Silva. Silva skipped out on a random test and was pulled from the fight; Vitor Belfort stepped in for him, but was left without an opponent when Sonnen was pulled after his failed test.

On June 17, Sonnen was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, a move stemming from the first failed test.

On Saturday, it was reported that Sonnen failed a second test on June 5, and two additional banned substances were found in his system.

Sonnen, a 37-year-old Oregon native, also ran afoul with drug testing after his first fight with Anderson Silva, when he failed to properly disclose his use of testosterone-replacement therapy to the California State Athletic Commission. His approved use of TRT after that made him one of the sport’s poster boys for doctor-prescribed testosterone in cases where fighters’ natural levels of the hormone were below the standard.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz will not take place at Bellator 165 in San Jose

  • 26 days ago

Newly minted Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen got a little ahead of himself in announcing a fight with Tito Ortiz on Nov. 19 at Bellator 165. Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>

Ronda Rousey 'Absolutely' Wants Cris Cyborg UFC Fight, Says Dana White

  • 25 days ago

UFC President Dana White has said former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey "absolutely, positively wants to fight" Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. White was asked about the possibilit read news >>

Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero Announced for UFC 205: Latest Details, Reaction

  • 25 days ago

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday morning that Chris Weidman and Yoel Romero will face off during the UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12. UFC vice president of public relations read news >>

Dana White thinks Ronda Rousey will fight before the end of 2016

  • 25 days ago

Dana White believes Ronda Rousey is ready for a comeback sooner rather than later. read news >>

Dana White: If Conor McGregor Wins Second Belt, It Will Be a Short Reign |

  • 25 days ago

If Conor McGregor wins the lightweight championship at UFC 205 in New York, he would become a two-division champion. If so, it could be a short reign. read news >>

Dana White explains booking Alvarez vs. McGregor for UFC 205, says Nurmagomedov wants Johnson

  • 25 days ago

After a week of speculation over the UFC 205 main event, including UFC President Dana White tweeting Khabib Nurmagomedov was next up for lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, the promotion surprised every read news >>

Dana White: Ronda Rousey Absolutely Positively Wants to Fight Cyborg... So? No? |

  • 25 days ago

So what do we really know when Dana White says that Ronda Rousey "absolutely, positively" wants to fight Cris Cyborg? read news >>

Dana White: 'Ronda Rousey absolutely wants to fight Cyborg'

  • 25 days ago

According to Dana White, former champ Ronda Rousey is looking to throw down with longtime rivalCris"Cyborg" Justino.Ronda Rousey is alreadyguaranteed an immediate title shotif and when she read news >>

If Victorious, Conor McGregor Not Giving Up Either UFC Belt Voluntarily |

  • 24 days ago

If Conor McGregor wins a second belt in November, Dana White has said he'll then have give one up. McGregor doesn't plan on following that script. read news >>

Dana White Confirms Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Michael Johnson |

  • 24 days ago

UFC president Dana White confirmed on Tuesday that lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Michael Johnson has been finalized. read news >>