Following the conclusion of the UFC San Antonio fight card, the UFC released a statement regarding Chael Sonnen’s second positive drug test in the span of five months.
Even though he has officially retired from MMA competition, Chael Sonnen has now failed two consecutive drug tests in the span of five months.
While neither Sonnen nor UFC President Dana White were present at the event, Dave Sholler offered a statement to the media present at the post-fight press conference, which quickly highlighted their stance on the matter.
"We are made aware that a second random test resulted in a positive test result for Chael Sonnen. Chael will have an opportunity to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission on July 23rd.
"We will support the commission and continue to ensure that all competitors complete on a level playing field free of performance enhancing drugs."
During the airing of UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani revealed that the former two-division title challenger failed a second drug test, also administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because, at the time, he was still scheduled to compete at UFC 175.
Sonnen initially failed a random drug test in February for the Clomiphene and Anastrozole. When the results were released, Sonnen proclaimed that he required the banned substances to help kick start his natural testosterone production after going off Testosterone Replacement Therapy. This time around, he tested positive for Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO). Both the drugs in question clearly fall under performance enhancing drugs.
Sonnen retired shortly after the initial drug test, as he doubted his ability to legally partake in combat sports without TRT.