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Marquardt Says Fans and the Media Need to Wait to Hear Sonnen’s Side Before Labelling Him a Cheater


("What do you think about Syntha-6, Nate? I’ve been showing impressive gains while taking it.")

During an appearance on The Bum Rush Radio Show last week, UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt spoke about Chael Sonnen‘s recent alleged positive test for elevated levels of testosterone.

Having been accused of PED use himself in 2005 after a positive test result for Nandralone netted him a six-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his decision win over Ivan Salaverry in his UFC debut, Marquardt is keeping an open mind when it comes to Sonnen’s situation.

Nate has always maintained that he never knowingly took the banned substance he tested positive for and that he believes the steroid was introduced to his system by dirty supplements he was taking prior to the bout. There have been several cases of PED-tainted supplements being sold in the U.S. and Canada over the years, so his story had merit, which is likely what led to NSAC lowering his suspension by one month.

He warns against MMA fans and members of the media persecuting Sonnen before he has his day in court December 2 when he meets with the California State Athletic Commission to appeal the one-year suspension and $2,500 fine he was handed down in September as a result of his alleged infraction.

"Until they’ve seen the test results and have researched it and know what they’re talking about, they should probably just [wait and] listen to what [Chael has to say]," he suggests.


When asked about his thoughts on the situation, Marquardt said that regardless of whether he knowingly took the substance he tested positive for, Sonnen will still be punished, but he shouldn’t be labeled a cheater if he didn’t intentionally ingest the steroid.

"I don’t know. I didn’t see the results of the test, so I can’t even comment, to be honest. Who knows? Obviously it was a banned substance that was in his system or it was over the limit or however it was, but either way he’ll be punished for having that in his system," Marquardt explains. "At the same time it doesn’t mean he was trying to cheat. It could have been several things. It could have been an over-the-counter medicine or a supplement he was taking that made him test positive."


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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 2:51 am
Because apparently martial artists consume a wide variety of OTC supplements, it normally won't understand what they’ve taken or just how much and therefore cannot produce any sort of supplement that could have triggered these phones test positive. I am talking about, it isn't like they track everything installed within their body, like Roy Nelson does.
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Kuch- November 2, 2010 at 12:34 am
If staying in shape, being ready to fight, and being required to pass a drug test is part of your job, you don’t screw around by taking potentially tainted supplements. Any fighter who claims he “wasn’t sure what he took” is either incredibly stupid to the point they shouldn’t be allowed in public unsupervised or just an incredibly unoriginal liar. When your body is your paycheck, you don’t take chances.

If cyanide was found in his system, I could understand the confusion as to how it got there, but a substance that just happens to enhance performance? Gee, what are the odds?
fatbellyfrank- November 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm
Very well said Mr Marquardt, innocent until proven guilty, however, I think I will judge him now and find him guilty, hey EFB, got my flaming torch, Pitchfork and noose, lets go
DazedNConfused- November 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Only thing that makes me think he's quite guilty is the fact he admitted he "May" test positive before taking the test. So he can't really argue the "It must of been in my medicine" argument. Plus couldn't you just take, say cough syrup, and steroids and then blame the positive test on the cough syrup?

All this steroid talk is extremely confusing.
The Oracle of MMA- November 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm
It doesn't matter how or why he tested positive for elevated testosterone. In his fight with Anderson Silva he pushed the pace and had an almost limitless gas tank. The only reason he did so well in the fight was because of his cheater-laced blood. IF he ever gets a rematch and goes in clean he will get his ass handed to him by Silva.

I hate to say all that since I dislike Anderson Silva as a champion. As far as Sonnen goes I have no feelings for or against him as a fighter. As a man he is a loud-mouthed fool who has to sleep in the bed he has made for himself.
Nealio- November 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm
The whole steroid testing in all sports is messed up anyway.
Someone in the crowd could rub something on your arm to make you piss hot, but who's going to believe that happened? There is all kinds of shit in the billions of supplements out there that I"m sure are illegal in competition sports, but its NOT in those companies best interests to publish that. They want guys to GET RIPPED and be FULL OF ENERGY.

Plus I'm still standing by my statement that Chael did something like watch porn for weeks leading up to the fight without rubbing one out, drink bull semen, etc...
MKO- November 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm
But he had already told the commission he might pop positive. He knowingly took something, no doubt.
knucklesamitch- November 1, 2010 at 11:54 am
Roy nelson doesn't have to keep track, he gets all the nourishment his fat belly needs from just 1 bowl of Total.
ccman- November 1, 2010 at 11:51 am
And somehow even the CSAC avoided this when they lost 2/3 of its members to corruption scandals.

Hell they even Passed Overeem, tell me no money exchanged hands there...
RwilsonR- November 1, 2010 at 11:45 am
^^ Also, no commission will ever admit they made a mistake, and overturn a suspension, because then it will open up all sorts of appeals and civil suits against them from everyone that has ever tested positive. It would shift the burden on the commission to prove that they didn't mess up in every single prior case where they fined or suspended a fighter. They don't want that shitstorm.
ccman- November 1, 2010 at 11:23 am
no commission ever overturns a suspension for pissing hot.

they are power hungry bribe machines who have to pretend to look official only by acting like they know what a pee test result looks like, therefore if they do not enforce pee, they lose the one thing that in theory make them look competent.
fACE7biter- November 1, 2010 at 11:19 am
Considering it was publicized that Chael was suffering from the flu a week prior to the fight, isn't it posible he ingested something for the flu that he knew would make him piss hot, but simply thought if he doesn't get selected for random testing, no harm no foul? Yes I realize that was a run on sentence. So knowning he couldn't afford to be sick right before the biggest fight of his life, he takes a banned substance to get over sickness, and then fuck, he's tested, so he mentions it to the commission.

If he amazingly gets his suspension overturned, will he get that championship fight that he was originally promised? If not, a good consolation prize would be a TUF season with him and Michael Bisbing.
ccman- November 1, 2010 at 11:12 am
El famous burito uses a ghost writer and RwilsonR uses a joke writer.

it is written on the internet and so it is......
agentsmith- November 1, 2010 at 11:10 am
I heard Roy Nelson's piss tested positive for gravy. Hell, it IS gravy.
Fried Taco- November 1, 2010 at 10:52 am
Because apparently fighters ingest so many different OTC supplements, they don't know what they've taken or how much and thus cannot produce any specific supplement that may have caused them to test positive. I mean, it's not like they track everything they put in their body, like Roy Nelson does.
ctownhood- November 1, 2010 at 10:33 am
Chael loses the "tainted supplement" crutch when he told the commission he was going to test dirty PRIOR to the test itself.
RwilsonR- November 1, 2010 at 10:29 am
That seems like a very well tempered response from Mr. Marquardt, and I'm sure we'll take it under advisement.

However, I think Viva Hate makes a much better argument for wild speculations and jumping to early conclusions. Get your torches, internet lynch mob, because we have a pompous loud mouth to presumtively pass judgement on!!!
CZ- November 1, 2010 at 10:28 am
@ Viva hate,

No I dont think his silence says anything about his guilt, I think as in any pending court case your best bet is to be quiet until your trial. Im sure his lawyers have recommended that he keep quiet. Chael is a very intelligent man, he knows what he is doing
Onan- November 1, 2010 at 10:27 am
I don't know about Nate's situation but it seems to me that with all these guys saying it was an OTC product, they should be able to produce the exact product they were using and have it tested for the presence of banned substances. That never happens.

If your Nox2-MegaHydroxy-MuscleBlaster-P90XFactor was the problem, then the banned substance should show up in a test of the product. Bingo, you're no longer an on-purpose cheater, but an accidental cheater.
El Famous Burrito- November 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
But my Internet Posse and I are already too riled up to just forget about it.

We may have to go make fun of some Twilight fans to pass the time.
NinjaNerd8- November 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
Apparently, in the court of public opinion accusation is grounds for execution.
Paradoxx- November 1, 2010 at 10:20 am
The media needed to wait for the 2nd in depth test.

They did.
cecils_pupils- November 1, 2010 at 10:13 am
Nate, Nate, Nate... of course you would say that since you pissed hot for nondrolone. But, of course, it was because you didn't know that your over-the-counter supplements were laced.

Riiiiiight.
Goog- November 1, 2010 at 10:10 am
"Until they've seen the test results and have researched it and know what they're talking about, they should probably just [wait and] listen to what [Chael has to say]," he suggests.

Bingo, Nate. Now if you'll permit me, I'd like to list for you several examples where it's really mattered what the fighter has to say:

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cagefightmon- November 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
Sorry, I don't buy it. Steroids are as prevalent as advertisements are on fight shorts. They are here whether we like it or not. It's extremely difficult to maintain their training regime without the use of steroids.
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