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Chael Sonnen to Re-Emerge for Steroid Appeal on Thursday


(The CSAC’s "Dear Chael" letter, and proof that he listed testosterone in his medicals, not that it will help him much. Click images for larger versions.)

That eerie silence you’ve been noticing for the last couple months? That’s the sound of Chael Sonnen not talking. The formerly-outspoken middleweight contender has been mute since his UFC 117 drug test came back funky. That will change on Thursday morning, when Sonnen visits Sacramento to appeal his license suspension with the California State Athletic Commission; coincidentally, Sonnen’s case will directly follow Josh Barnett‘s long-delayed license reinstatement hearing.

FightOpinion found the entire 158-page agenda for Thursday’s session on the California Department of Consumer Affairs website, which you can see in its entirety right here. Chael-related documents take up the majority of the packet, spanning pages 33-144. A couple of noteworthy details…


– Sonnen’s one-year suspension officially began September 2nd, marking the day that his test results were received by the CSAC, not the day of his fight against Anderson Silva (August 7th).

– The T/E ratio of Sonnen’s urine specimen was over four times the acceptable threshold.

– On p.53, Sonnen lists his MMA record before UFC 117 as 26-10, instead of his actual record of 25-10-1. There was no spot on the form for number of draws so he rounded up, which I thought was kind of funny.

– Pages 93-141 are loaded with charts that we can’t begin to understand. If there are any chemists in the house that can shed some insight, please do.

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Nick Bruiser- December 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm
chael's got em by the balls, it clearly says you cant administrate drugs to any BOXER. case closed. game,set,sonnen.
onebaldegg- December 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm
does anyone know if this hearing is open to the public? this is about 5 minutes from my house. i am gonna try to get down there tomorrow to get a seat in the meeting. can't imagine barnett will show up for his hearing, but i would love to see chael's appeal. pretty sure i can get some video once inside.

at least sonnen listed this on his forms. obviously, he was trying to inform the commission. whether he followed the correct procedures is another story.

onebaldegg- December 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm
does anyone know if this hearing is open to the public? this is about 5 minutes from my house. i am gonna try to get down there tomorrow to get a seat in the meeting. can't imagine barnett will show up for his hearing, but i would love to see chael's appeal. pretty sure i can get some video once inside.

at least sonnen listed this on his forms. obviously, he was trying to inform the commision. whether he followed the correct procedures is another story.

RwilsonR- December 1, 2010 at 10:09 am
Keep in mind that depending on his HRT therapy regimen, Chael may experience spikes and lows of testosterone, but average out at a normal level. To reduce injection frequency and to take advanatage of certain longer lasting testosterone esters, like cypionate or enanthate, sometimes doctors will prescribe a bi-weekly dosage at double the maximum weekly rate of a normal healthy male. That way they cut the rate of administering the treatment in half. But this can result in mid-week spikes in testosterone levels that are well above normal levels, and severe testosterone lows near the end of the two week period, however, the average testosterone levels would mimic the high end of a normal male.

All I'm saying is that there is a good chance that Chael was telling the truth, that he reported everything, filled out the necessary paperwork, AND that he was on correct testosterone treatment levels, but that they spiked during the testing period. Spikes like these would not yield significant muscle growth or performance enhancement, as they would be averaged out by his body over the treatment period.

Really what I'm saying is that I have to believe that someone could legitimately beat on that asshole Anderson's face for 23 minutes, and to maintain my belief I am willing to provide reasonable excuses for Sonnen, as well as to completely ignore Anderson's rib excuse even though he looked plausibly injured in that area. Because, you know... fuck that guy!
Get Off Me- December 1, 2010 at 7:08 am
The whole HRT thing is aimed at Replacing to restore the levels to normal levels.
If you are deficient and require therapy, the doctor will give you meds to bring your testoterone levels to normal, not 4 times normal, this is what happens when you abuse therapy in order to take advantage of the therapy you are receiving.
HRT? NO. Testing positive for steroids? Yes.
Dave Meltzer first came out with the HRT thing and if you know anything about Meltzer, you would know he truly know's nothing about MMA and is a gossip pro wrestling columnist.
Casa de los pantelones- November 30, 2010 at 8:53 pm
I called HRT first punk...

Secondly...he shot it a day or so before the fight?

How could that possibly be in his system long enough to even have any type of effect?

It's not like he crammed 8 months of heavy weight training into a day.

If he listed it and they saw it, that's their bad.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2010 at 4:54 pm
If you recall, when this incident first transpired, I tried to tell all of you that this was hormone replacement therapy to complete the last stages of Chael's sexual differentiation procedure. He was born with multiple sets of genitalia, a condition known medically as hermaphroditism. Most people have the condition corrected when they are very young but Chael's father wouldn't let him shave off his lady bits until he brought home a Championship. With the old bastard finally passing away a few years ago, Chael figured "fighting for the championship and most likely winning because the guy holding the belt wears pink shirts" was close enough and finally decided to take the final step. I think we should all be supportive of a man who is trying to define himself as a man, a guy trying to finally lay this matter to rest. It will all come out in the hearing.
Mr_Misanthropy- November 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Is pus leaking from open bacne sores considered greasing? What if it manages to form a thin coating on an opponent's body during the course of a wild grappling exchange?

@ Freddy Tacopops

I've never seen any of those ingredients at 7-11 when I'm trying to make a batch of crystal meth either.

MKO- November 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm
Again, great that he listed he was taking Testosterone, great that he has a doctor's prescription and was found to be "testosterone deficient", but it still doesn't do him any good. He pissed way hot. Way outside of normal levels, which would be way over any therapeutic levels. He cheated, plain and simple. He took more than the recommended dose, just the same as if he took it with no prescription.
cecils_pupils- November 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Advice to Sonnen: use the Chewbacca defense.

All other appeal strategies are doomed to fail.

EDITED upon request by Waxedpants. ;)
Get Off Me- November 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm
Watch out if you see Sonnen in a restroom or off the shoulder....four times over, that is fire piss.
danomite- November 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm
he's clearly innocent. The pee-cup holder's name is Munoz. Dollars to donuts he's that guy with the hispanic accent who's been trying to derail Chael's career.
RSparrow- November 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm
^ Ooooooooh, Ok, gotcha.

Would you really expect him to round down??

Love him, or hate him, it's fun to have him around. Motherfucker's hilarious.

I wish he would have stepped up a little more when the Axe Murderer punked him, but imagine seeing that guys face up close.
Curtis_E_Bare- November 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Pages 93-141 are loaded with charts that we can't begin to understand. If there are any chemists in the house that can shed some insight, please do.

They’re gas chromatography mass spectra, an analytical method to separate the samples into the various components and identify them. The retention time (rt) is how long they stay on the chromatography column, the peak height is proportional to how much of that compound was present and the mass-to-charge (m/z) is part of the method to identify the compound.
Art Vanderley Silva- November 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I think he should go for the LeBron defense.

"maybe i messed up, guys. maybe i'm not a role model. what should i do? ....what should i do?"
Waxedpants- November 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm
@cecils Absolutely right -- the Chewbacca defense is his only hope.
He has nothing to lose by coming out with full sonnen ridiculousness.. it ought to be good.

btw
I would ask that you properly capitalize Chewbacca's name in the future please,though I am sure it was just an oversight. thanks
Just_the_tip- November 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Not that this changes the fact that Chael was using testosterone but I find it funny that the Fedex airbill for the samples (pg. 82 of the CSAC document) was sent on 8/9 and the tests were done on 8/6. Furthermore, the Fedex was apparently sent by a deceased Cuban revolutionary. Odd.
HardKnockLife- November 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm
So Date of the fight, Aug 7th. Date of collection of the sample, Aug 6. Date he last took a testosterone shot, Aug 5. Seriously? Doesn't sound like a very smart move, Senor Sonnen! Don't fathom a doctor doing HRT (TRT) or whatever it is two days before your fight...unless it was to cover something? I hear birth control might put a stop to your bad acne and mood swings...
Red Baron- November 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm
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DesolationUSA- November 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm
anyone else notice the retarded signature at the bottom?
Douchey McDoucherton- November 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm
So that's what happened to Frankie Munoz
MorningwoodII- November 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm
@RWilson

exactly!!!
RwilsonR- November 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm
At least this report is easier to get through than that novel about that asshole Ken Pavia from a few days back.
GroundFighterMMA- November 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm
Um..... I clicked on the pictures and the next thing I knew I was looking at "AddidasTeddysneaks" and now Im depressed don't have bear shoes to snuggle my feets in. :(
Austin3210- November 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm
The name on the 2nd document clearly says Jonnen, not Sonnen.

Case closed. You're welcome.
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