UFC statement on Chael Sonnen test result: 'We will support the commission'


Saturday night, MMAFighting.com broke the news that recently retired UFC competitor Chael Sonnen had failed a second Nevada Athletic Commission drug test.

After the UFC Fight Night 44 card in San Antonio, the UFC issued an official statement on the matter, saying it supports the commission's effort to clean up the sport.

"We are made aware that a second random test resulted in a positive test result for Chael Sonnen," stated UFC public relations director Dave Sholler. "Chael will have an opportunity to appear in front of the Nevada State [sic] 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."

Sonnen, who had originally failed a May 25 test, the results of which were announced on June 10, also took a blood and urine test at NAC's request on June 5. It showed human growth hormone, recombinant human erythropoietin, anastrolzole, and human chorionic gonadotrophin in his system.

As a result of the original test, Sonnen was pulled from his scheduled UFC 175 fight against Vitor Belfort, then announced his retirement from the sport.

Sonnen is an analyst for the UFC's broadcasts on FOX Sports 1. FS1 made no mention of the Sonnen news during the evening's UFC Fight Night 44 broadcast and post-fight show.

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