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Chael Sonnen to Appeal Steroid Suspension; Hearing Set for December 2 in California


(Depending what happens on December 2, Sonnen might be back running for office sooner than expected)

According to MMAJunkie, we’ll finally get to see how good of a politician Chael Sonnen really is on December 2 when he attempts to talk his way out of a one-year suspension he was handed for allegedly testing positive for steroids following his UFC 117 fifth-round submission loss to Anderson Silva.

Sonnen will have his appeal heard that day by the California State Athletic Commission.

It will be interesting when the facts of the case come to light, considering all of the information that has been released to date, including an allegation by CSAC executive director, George Dodd that Sonnen prefaced his pre-fight drug screening with the disclaimer that "he may test positive for something." Whether or not this hearsay can be used as evidence will remain to be seen, since Chael has been known to deny conversations in the past. Maybe it was a Hispanic guy Dodd mistook for Sonnen.


UFC president, Dana White intimated in an interview last week that there is "a lot more to the story" than is being told and that it will be interesting to see what happens.

The last and possibly only fighter fighter who was accused of steroid use to take on CSAC and win (sort of) was former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk, whose $2,500 fine was upheld, but his suspension time was cut in half to six months after he passed a polygraph test in which he stated that he did not knowingly ingest any anabolic agents.

It’s interesting to note that the California-based MMA governing body has caught more fighters who are alleged to have used illegal substances than any other commission. So, either their testing methods are superior to those of their contemporaries, their labs don’t effectively clean their equipment or fighters just want to fit in with the bodybuilders on Muscle Beach when they’re in the Golden State.

To date they have suspended 21 fighters for steroid use alone.

Here are some other notable offenders CSAC has punished for their alleged indiscretions:

Royce Gracie (steroids)
Josh Barnett (steroids)
Justin Levens (painkillers)
Nick Diaz (marijuana)
Antonio Silva (steroids)
Bas Rutten (painkillers)
Ken Shamrock (steroids)
James Irvin (painkillers)
Kimo Leopoldo (steroids)
Phil Baroni (steroids)
Hermes Franca (steroids)
Bill Mahood (steroids)
Ruben "Warpath" Villareal (steroids)
Dennis Hallman (steroids)
Karina Damm (steroids)
Alexandre Noguiera (steroids)
Edwin Dewees (steroids)
Kiril "Little Fedor" Sidelnikov (steroids)

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LesnarsIntestine- October 5, 2010 at 7:55 pm
sorry for the multi-post. got some bugs on my PC. Cheating is cheating. This abuse of performance enhancers bullshit has made me seriously consider whether or not I want to persue the only thing I have loved and dreamed about for many moons.
superflat- October 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Sorry to get all legalese on this article, but it's not hearsay if you are the person who heard it. It's only hearsay if you're reporting on what someone else said he heard, but the person who heard it first-hand isn't testifying to what was said. If the CSAC official is lying, then it's slander.
PERPATRAITOR- October 5, 2010 at 10:45 am
I get my chael on in the gym. You have to learn to cycle off though. It helps you reach levels of fitness that are usually unreachable from there after the cycle you have just a bit extra plus the muscle memory.
cecils_pupils- October 5, 2010 at 8:23 am
Take it easy on the double and triple posting people... sheeesh!
Viva Hate- October 5, 2010 at 6:14 am
Sonnen's new platform, a needle for every ass.
J-Dog- October 5, 2010 at 4:52 am
just some dong FTW for the jedi mind trick reference
TehBeej- October 4, 2010 at 10:25 pm
Don't be an MMA fighter. Wrestlers are boring, and Jon Jones doesn't even like them.

Where is Melvin Guillard and his little cocaine suspension?
LesnarsIntestine- October 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm
I am a wrestler, and aspiring MMAthelete, and I see a few of my heros on this list. Kind of makes me want to get a refund from ATT coconut creek and just wash out. What is the point if these greats are cheats? How many others are cheating? How would I become great like them without cheating? Makes you think. This isn't funny.
LesnarsIntestine- October 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm
I am a wrestler, and aspiring MMAthelete, and I see a few of my heros on this list. Kind of makes me want to get a refund from ATT coconut creek and just wash out. What is the point if these greats are cheats? How many others are cheating? How would I become great like them without cheating? Makes you think. This isn't funny.
LesnarsIntestine- October 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm
I am a wrestler, and aspiring MMAthelete, and I see a few of my heros on this list. Kind of makes me want to get a refund from ATT coconut creek and just wash out. What is the point if these greats are cheats? How many others are cheating? How would I become great like them without cheating? Makes you think. This isn't funny.
Ted Nutmeg- October 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm
"Running for politics"? Perhaps the CP brass should focus less on Photoshop skills and more on writing skills.
CungwantsCookies- October 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm
just some dong FTW...give that man a tshirt.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 4, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Matt Lindland says: "Nope, I wouldn't do that... nope, I wouldn't do that either!"
knee_strike- October 4, 2010 at 7:10 pm
@just some dong

LOL!

Oh, man! And I thought DazedNConfused's remarks were funny! (They were, but yours were even better.)
knee_strike- October 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm
@DazedNConfused

LOL! +1, my good man.
just some dong- October 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm
"These aren't the 'roids you're looking for..." *waves hand*

knee_strike- October 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm
@Nealio

I'm a bit confused here. Is the "porn method" actually used by fighters?
DazedNConfused- October 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm
Gotta love Diaz.

As for Sonnen, I hope he has a great story to tell.

Something along the lines of a homeless person jumping out of the bushes before the fight, and slamming PED's in his neck.

Afterwards Sonnen will claim to have seen the homeless man and Anderson Silva high-fiving eachother behind a Taco Bell while speaking clear and concise English.
Coneblazer- October 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm
@ilvbllythekd12 - LOL steroids, steroids, DIAZ, steroids, steroids.... (like him or hate him, that's funny sh*t....)
Ballkick- October 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm
.............THE MMA FIGHTER..........THE PED ABUSER........
Chael has agreed to be in a documentary about addiction,.......he does not know he will soon face an intervention..........
Millions of Americans struggle with addiction......most need help to stop......this is Chaels story:

Cut to intervention and Chaels mom crying in a meeting room at the Salem Oregon Holiday Inn.......Chael your addiction to PED's has affected my life negatively in the following ways.....resigning from your campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives, shady real estate deals, lying about comments you have made about just about every body and blaming them on a fictional Mexican,...Stating you knew how to escape a triangle choke, being stupid enough to tell the CSAC you would probably test positive for.......something?....


Fuck you've seen the show ,....fill in the rest.
Mike Russell- October 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm
 I have a feeling, it will be something along the lines of, "I was experiencing sexual dysfunction and was afraid that disclosing it would hurt my image as an alpha-male."
CAP10- October 4, 2010 at 5:00 pm
@Nealio... if he had been doing the porn method he's damn lucky Silva didn't land an accidental groin kick. His junk would have exploded.
Nealio- October 4, 2010 at 4:55 pm
I have a feeling that Chael did something along the lines of ingesting his own "man juice" or maybe watching porn and not rubbing it out afterwords for 2 weeks leading up to the fight.
I'm being dead serious...
ilvbllythekd12- October 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm
LOL

"Steroids, steroids, weed, steroids, steroids..."
Hanky the Panky- October 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm
i heard about him telling the state that he was doing something for his testosterone levels but well we find out what and why??? Good Luck Chael hope u get another shot at the title sooner than expected!!!
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