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‘MMA Media, You Failed’: Chael Sonnen Lashes Out at Coverage of Alistair Overeem Story [VIDEO]


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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chael Sonnen feels sympathy for Alistair Overeem, considering his own history with abnormally high testosterone levels. On last night’s installment of his weekly troll segment for UFC Tonight, Sonnen blasted MMA media for implying that the Reem tested positive for anything illegal:

Congratulations, MMA media. Right when I think your incompetence cannot get to any higher level, the Alistair Overeem story comes out. From you kids on the interwebs, running your little dot-com’s from the couch in your mother’s basement, to you beneficiaries of Mark Cuban’s tax write-off, you’ve gone and screwed up the Alistair Overeem case beyond all belief. Is it repairable? I doubt it. If I’m a member of the media and someone tells me that Alistair Overeem failed a drug test, the very first thing I’m going to say is: ‘Really? What substance did he test positive for?’ You see, those basic questions are where the wheels begin to fall off the bus to this entire story.

Alistair Overeem did not test positive for anything. End of story. So why is his name getting drug through the mud? Why are they saying, ‘Well, he’s got an elevated T-to-E ratio.’ Ok, fair enough. Let’s say his T-to-E ratio is outside the norm. That’s not illegal. That’s outside the norm. That’s a red flag. That is a red flag, and Alistair will owe an explanation. If it’s not against the rules, why are we having this conversation? MMA Media: You failed.”

Sonnen’s Schiavello-esque argument prompted Kenny Florian to step in as the voice of reason:

Has Overeem gotten fair shake by the media? Probably not. But if you have common sense, then you know something’s up. His T-to-E ratio is 14-to-1. The only way he got there is he’s probably taking something. But Chael’s making a case like a lawyer. In the end of the day, there will be a legal meeting to see if Overeem fights.”

Sonnen’s right to remind us all that Overeem didn’t test positive for steroids, but considering that the heavyweight contender doesn’t have a theraputic use exemption for testosterone and doesn’t plan on obtaining one, are we wrong to assume that Overeem screwed up in some way? Or, considering the tweet Sonnen sent out after the Overeem story broke, is Sonnen’s latest monologue just another ironic joke?

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UnloadMe- April 19, 2012 at 6:35 am
just make steroids legal... then there would be no arguement and everyone would have the same advantage, plus it would make for some good fights with all the roid rage in the ring!
NickJohn- April 18, 2012 at 6:46 pm
Yeah I bet you wish people would have done that when your steroid ass was in the same position. Bottom line is both you and Alisteroid Overdose are cheaters!
mmacanada- April 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm
I'm sure it'll be within 6:1 come fight time mr. Keizer. I've technically broken no rules sir. Also.... Nevada can not test his second sample I believe unless he requests it. Which is why he has not. Therefore it is impossible for Nevada to prove substance abuse. He's getting a temporary pass.
ytrebil- April 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm
Hahahaha. I don't even.... Sonnen, firstly it's T/E ratio (not T/D) and secondly, no one has a 14:1 ratio without there being foul play. Alistair has been riding the bicycle which most normal human beings had worked out prior to this. You lose.
jyveturkey- April 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Sonnen = Cheater. Liar. Snitch.
Sloppyspray- April 18, 2012 at 1:07 pm
Res ipsa loquitur
warchief65- April 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm
If you people think that it's only a handful who are using 'roids , or HgH , then I got a bridge that I'm not using anymore , and I will sell it to you .............. cheap too . This is the only few who got caught , nothing more . There are way too many fighters who are on the juice , guess Dana is taking a clue from MBL .
Anhonestmoose- April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm
I won't disagree that tons of fighters are using, but it does say something that of the six heavyweights they tested none of the others came back positive.
FilmDrunk- April 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Oh, so he injected a shitload of testosterone instead of a shitload of nandrolone? You're right, Chael, that's much better. We should all stop judging the poor guy for having rhinoceros blood running through his veins.
mmaveteran- April 18, 2012 at 12:05 pm
Look at Overeem in 2009 to now....def on the goods....sorry Chael....some of us have been around the block bro....and this guy has grown in massive size and solid muscle. The signs are there!
IronClad- April 18, 2012 at 11:30 am
Misery loves company. Chael understands that people crave simple messages but he isnt fooling anyone. Nice try dick head. You almost make manipulation look cool.
VegasDirt- April 18, 2012 at 10:51 am
Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat Horse Meat. Against the rules? Nope. Its NSAC fault for not making that against the rules, their bad.
mDino- April 18, 2012 at 10:33 am
If overeem fights and wins the belt, its gonna be funny to hear rogan describe him. he wont wanna say anything too over the top for that reason. if alistair tests positive again all hell will break loose and i'm sure rogan won't wanna call him the best HW ever then have to retract his statement.. something he has some plenty of already. overeem with the belt is not what the ufc wants, although if they fight alistair has a serious chance of winning.
Jon Fitch and Exciting in the same sentence- April 18, 2012 at 10:31 am
While Chael makes a strong "lawyerly" point that Overeem only had high T vs an actual failed drug/steriod test...let's be real, where there's smoke there's fire. I'm no expert, but my understanding is that his level was WAAAAYYY beyond normal, so it's very reasonable to believe he was chemichally enhanced. He's guilty in the public's eye, as he should be. Unless he has a really good, really convincing, and really believeable explanation, he will remain as such.
RwilsonR- April 18, 2012 at 10:09 am
Sho Nuff might be right, and if they can't deny him a license for a T/E ratio, the burden may be on the commission to prove further that he abused something. However, I thought that they only allowed a 6:1 ratio, so if that is the allowable ratio then it doesn't sound like he can be licensed. It doesn't matter how he got that way if he doesn't meet the allowable requirements.
If for some reason the burden to prove an illegal substance does fall on the NSAC, and they do have to license Overeem, if I were the UFC I still wouldn't give him the title fight. He's obviously abusing something, and do they want to risk him possibly becoming champion and then popping positive for whatever that is once he has the belt?
mmacanada- April 18, 2012 at 10:54 am
It will be interesting if he does take the so what approach. Because it is illegal to have higher than a 6:1 at around fight time. A month out overeem says, so what. I'm sure it'll be within 6:1 come fight time mr. Keizer. I've technically broken no rules sir. Also.... Nevada can not test his second sample I believe unless he requests it. Which is why he has not. Therefore it is impossible for Nevada to prove substance abuse.
The_Dead_Cow- April 18, 2012 at 9:18 am
If they would have fed the bus more carrots, the wheels wouldn't have fallen off. Just sayin.
The12ozCurls- April 18, 2012 at 8:56 am
Like Danga, I honestly have no idea what is going on anymore. Up is Down. Hot is Cold. Dana loves CP. Everything is all backwards and I just want Saturday to roll around so the attention can get off retractions and TRT and media fails and get get back to its rightful place within the MMA community - 2 fighters in the cage.
Fletch the V Stretch- April 18, 2012 at 10:17 am
This just solidified the fact that Overeem will be fighting JDS. Wasn't it Chael, in fact, just weeks ago who was BASHING Overeem about this failed test? And now, ALL OF A SUDDEN, he is on UFC on FUEL basically standing up for Overeem?

This is basically Dana's way of trying to legitimize the failed test. He is using Chael, WHOM EVERY casual and a large percent of hardcore fans enjoy, as a pawn to justify Overeem fighting to the fans.

I can guarantee now that this fight will go down and I hope that if there is a big man in the sky he grants JDS the testosterone of 100 men and he smashes Overeem worse than any beatdown in the UFC ever before. F'n cheaters. F'n moneyhungry Dana White.
The12ozCurls- April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am
So are you still gonna give up MMA if Reem is granted a license? Cuz if you are, I hear the WNBA is a great product to watch/attend to meet lesbians who drive Subaru Outbacks. Right up your alley Fletch. lol
Fletch the V Stretch- April 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Haha, no I will continue to watch but I will have a chip on my soldier and will not spend money on PPV events anymore. Either say "everyone can use PED's/ steriods" or penalize the fuckheards like Overeem who are clearly abusing them. It is one thing to take stuff to help heal your body faster but abusing said drugs and coming in looking like a fucking gorilla are two entirely different things.
Sho Nuff- April 18, 2012 at 8:51 am
Overeem could simply be going for a "so what?" defense. If it is not against the rules for a fighter to have an elevated TD ratio, only an indicator that something is fishy, but then nothing fishy can be proven, they don't have a case to deny Overeem a license to fight. The trick with that defense would be what's buried in the NSAC licensing language. Do they have a mechanism by which they can deny fighters a license at their discretion? Could be an interesting legal argument and we're less than a week away from hearing it, whatever it is.

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