How about some actual news for a change?
On the subject of Chael Sonnen‘s second straight drug test failure, I believe Old Dad summed it up best when he said that the American Gangster had a “cheater’s dream cocktail” flowing through his veins. And indeed, Sonnen tested positive for not trace amounts of HGH, EPO, WWE, TRL, HSN, and BET when retested, which made his previous failed drug test prior to UFC 175 all the harder to swallow.
It’s important to note that Sonnen’s second test was administered before the results of his first test were made public, meaning that he was still technically competing while loaded to gills with a veritable pharmacy heading into UFC 175. Following his all but forced retirement shortly thereafter, the question quickly became not where Sonnen’s fighting career was headed, but if the UFC/FOX would continue to employ a multiple time steroid cheat simply because he was charismatic in front of a camera. It would send a hell of a mixed message to the rest of their fighters in their roster, that’s for sure.
Well today brings an answer, and that answer is “Eff no.”(via a UFC-FOX press release sent out this morning):
The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.
I guess this means Sonnen won’t be given the opportunity to defend himself via a laughably rushed interview on America’s Pregame, then?
Honestly, this is an unfortunate, if fitting end to Sonnen’s professional career. Controversy has followed “The American Gangster” both inside and outside the cage since he first popped onto our radar back in his WEC days, and mainly as a result of his own damn arrogance. Despite being able to talk his way into fight after fight, Sonnen’s reputation as a cheater will undoubtedly be the one thing he will never be able to talk his way out of. The irony is almost poetic.
But fret not, grappling aficionados, Sonnen will still be competing at Metamoris 4 in his much talked about match with Andre Galvao despite his recent drug issues, so sayeth the promotion’s official Twitter account:
You hear that, Chael? If there was ever a time to start injecting PCP into your eyeballs to gain a competitive edge, it’s now.