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Chael Sonnen (Sort of) Addresses TRT Use on Last Night’s ‘MMA Uncensored’ [VIDEO]


(“Taking testosterone is no different than Flintstone vitamins. Ask Cris Santos.”)

Chael Sonnen made a stop by SPIKE TV last night and sort of addressed his TRT use exemption and the suspension he received following his UFC 117 title fight with Anderson Silva for failing to disclose to California State Athletic Commission officials that he took the hormone prior to the bout.

Host Craig Carton segued into the topic while they were discussing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s recent revelation that he is on the youth tonic as well. Sonnen was quick to point out that there are plenty of other substances that are better performance-enhancing-wise, but then denied that testosterone was a performance enhancer. Classic contradictory and convoluted Chael.

“There’s two things there. Hold on. If you’re gonna associate the guy with TRT, make sure you also associate the fact that it’s legal and it’s not banned. Second thing with TRT is people are really getting confused. They look at TRT and they’re missing the stuff that really is good,” Sonnen explained. “TRT is eight, nine, 10 on the list of things that a person could take to help their careers go along. Secondly, any time a person says ‘performance enhancer,’ stop talking to them, because they don’t have the intellect to debate with you.”

Then “The Gangster from America” went on to say that he wouldn’t take a substance if it didn’t better his performance.

“I wanna make this point: I would never take anything, ever,  if I didn’t think it would help my performance,” Chael said. “That’s what medicine is in 21st century America. Imagine if you go to the doctor and say, ‘Doc, I’m feeling great. You got anything that can bring me down a notch?’ That’s malpractice. It’s all meant to help your performance.”

So what is it, is T a performance enhancer or not? Carton believes it is when the athlete has enhanced levels of it in his or her system when they compete, and he calls Chael on it since his levels were curiously high for the Silva fight.

“No, no, no. Absolutely not. Not only did I not take more of it [before the fight], I was never even accused of that. Josh Gross, who’s incompetent beyond measure, went on ESPN and said that I did, so it became my reality, so I went with it,” he pointed out. “I was never even accused of that. The final thought it this: Is it legal or is it not legal? If a person’s taking a legal substance, that’s the end of the conversation. Testosterone is legal.”

So Josh Gross and Kenny Rice are now on Chael’s “do not talk to” list. It’s a pretty safe bet that Carton will be added to it now too, especially after cracking a joke that Sonnen tested for higher test levels than an elephant for the fight.

“You’re makin’ that up. You’re sounding a lot like Josh Gross. You absolutely did not [see the test results]. [CSAC]  is a government agency. I was extremely transparent. I was never even accused of [taking too much testosterone before the fight],” Sonnen corrected. “Josh Gross reported that. It was a non-disclosure issue. I don’t know how they would have handled it [if I had won the title], because at the end of the day I was punished.”

Thankfully the UFC didn’t have to cross that bridge. Having to call Anderson in to Zuffa HQ so Dana could hand him a big fancily wrapped package to open with the belt in it would have been awkward, especially when everyone jumped out and yelled, “Surprise!!!” It would have made for an entertaining video blog by Dana, though.

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guelph gym- March 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm
what some forget is that he wasnt doing trt he was usind anobolics hence the zits on his back
Crazy Croat- March 17, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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Dan The Viking- March 17, 2012 at 9:24 am
Hey jimbonics, shut your cum drinker. Your opinions are as fresh as rotting flesh.
FightZen- March 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm
As a former listener of NJ talk radio, I always figured Carton was pushing a mop in a turkish bath house somewhere. I guess he was demoted.
Sho Nuff- March 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm
Sloppys right, everything a fighter puts into his body is meant for performance enhancement. Low testosterone levels can be a career ender for an athlete and replacement therapy doesn't leave an athlete with elevated levels, but restores normal levels, that's the point. That's the kind of thing sports medicine is designed for. Now, there's a whole other debate to whether or not the degree to which we find it acceptable to juice all athletes in the name of our entertainment is immoral and damaging.
BHOP- March 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm
I love how these guys are saying that their balls don't work properly, and yet they are ripped to shreds and can pick up guys 200+ pounds and throw them around the ring. Maybe the surgeon general should put out a disclaimer "continuous training and competition in MMA will cause a decrease in manhood and testicular function". Because at the rate these fighters are getting on the juice, it's becoming an epidemic.
jimbonics- March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Chael, I used to find you at least partly humorous. Now you just come off as a giant dickbag and I hope you never win another fight in your life.
danomite- March 16, 2012 at 11:47 am
I got a little confused on the last paragraph there. What does Dana White calling Anderson into his office and raping him have anything to do with this?
Get Off Me- March 16, 2012 at 11:20 am
I like Darwin's Natural Selection theory when looking at athletes, I think that's what sports are all about anyhow. I agree more with what Quarry said on the show than anything else. If Testosterone is legal, but elevated testosterone levels are illegal, it is a sign that fighters should not be using TRT. I understand that a 38yr old fighter who has low T levels, may want to turn back the clock or "bring T levels to normal" but what about natural ways such as diet etc... TRT is the quick solution, but is so unrefined that it puts the sport in jeopardy at the end of the day, if Chael did not tap it would have set the UFC back years in the sporting world. Zuffa's heads obviously love their TRT, but it has no place in the sport of MMA and no fighters should be injecting themselves with T if elevated levels of T are illegal, the fine line between illegal and legal should be enough to keep athletes away.
Sloppyspray- March 16, 2012 at 10:38 am
Well to be fair to Chael you kind of proved his point when he said "any time a person says ‘performance enhancer,’ stop talking to them, because they don’t have the intellect to debate with you," since the message behind this statement was completely lost on you. He's not saying that it isn't a performance enhancer, but is rather saying that EVERYTHING is a performance enhancer so it's not fair to single this out when it is as legal as anything else a doctor would give you, all of which will also enhance your performance. If you were to say TRT (legal) is a performance enhancer grouped with stanozolol (illegal) then you would also have to group in all other medicine (legal) one would take b/c they also add some form of performance enhancement.
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