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Oh Snap! Dr. Johnny Benjamin Claims Sonnen’s Hypogonadism is the Result of Past Steroid Use

(If you’ve ever seen the kind of bedbugs that Oakland produces, then you’d be less inclined to call Chael a cheater is all we’re saying.)

Well, well, well. As if it wasn’t bad enough that a mild-mannered, unassuming guy like Chael Sonnen lost *his* UFC middleweight championship due to a misunderstanding of the rules back at UFC 117, and shortly thereafter found himself thrust into the center of an elaborate conspiracy (that’s right, conspiracy) that attempted to invalidate the four and a half round ass whooping he laid out on Anderson Silva, now he has this to deal with this. The poor guy.

You see, Potato Nation, when you become the best at something, be it sports, politics, or whatever else, the common folk can’t help but become jealous of your accomplishments, to the point that they will go out of their way to try and discredit what you have worked so hard to achieve. Such was the case for Herman Cain, and now it appears that none other than HH Chael Sonnen has found himself in the public’s crosshairs as well. As we all know, Sonnen is the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, bar none, and because of this, everyone with a University of Phoenix Health Care degree is trying to use their “science” to tear him down. Even though he was granted a therapeutic use exemption to help him deal with his inability to produce testosterone, a real, crippling disease that many MMA fighters face, haters are still coming out of the woodwork to try and soil the name of a man who literally defines “upstanding citizen” with his every action.

Today’s mountebank is none other than MMAJunkies go-to medicine man, Dr. Johnny Benjamin, who boldly claimed that the only reason Sonnen’s body cannot produce the testosterone it should is due to the fact that he definitely used steroids in the past. Here’s what he told BloodyElbow:

Was Chael Sonnen a big time collegiate wrestler? Yes he was. I’m going to opine and say to you, there’s no way in the world you get to the level of collegiate wrestling that Chael Sonnen was at, with hypogonadism. Let me explain to you why. Hypogonadism means that the testes did not produce enough testosterone for one to normally mature. He wasn’t on TRT as a teenager. He became this big, muscled up monster and NCAA wrestler with hypogonadism? Hell no.

The truth of the matter is, you could never get to that level, because you’re not going to have the muscle mass and strength to get you there. They’re going to run you over. Your body will not allow you to develop enough muscle and strength to compete at your size. If he has hypogonadism, it’s from one thing, and one thing only, because he treated himself with steroids in the past, and wrecked his testes. That’s it.

We may be out of line here, “Dr.” Benjamin, but how dare you. To think that a straight-laced guy like Chael would even consider taking advantage of the system is not only shocking, but could be considered slander as well.

Obviously we’re only kidding here, as Benjamin’s claims, though lacking actual proof, aren’t exactly outside the realm of possibility when dealing with a habitual line stepper such as Sonnen. But what does that mean for guys like Dan Henderson, Frank Mir, and the other MMA fighters that have applied for TRT exemption? All of them couldn’t have used roids in the past, right? Oh how the plot thickens.

And when asked about the possibility of the UFC drug testing its own athletes, as Dana White recently stated was on the horizon for the organization, Dr. Benjamin stated that it could only lead to more corruption within the drug testing circuit:

 It’s a conflict of interest. If you’re going to look like you’re a fair organization that’s trying to create a level playing field for everyone, then you can’t do it yourself. The problem is, our big guys never test positive, but your fringe guys do, and get exposed.

If you know something that may wreck the biggest name in your sport, and you’re the only one that knows, will you expose it? If the guys who are the very biggest draws test positive, would you report it? It’s like if a tree falls in the woods, did it make a noise. It’s a real gut check at that point. You’re going to ruin a whole card if your main event guy tests positive? You can’t put yourself in that position. You have to let somebody else do it, and if a test is positive, it’s positive. You never touched it. You’ve got nothing to do with it. You’re not protecting or shielding anyone.

Dr. Benjamin definitely makes another good point here, and one that I hadn’t really considered when thinking over this issue. Imagine if Alistair Overeem’s horsepiss was caught by the UFC and the UFC alone. Do you think that they’d cost themselves one of the biggest cards/matchups of the year due to a high T/E ratio? Methinks not.

But what say you, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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nickyroose- June 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm
I'm repeating what I said immediately prior to the last fight but look people TRT or no you simply cannot have a 6x testosterone in your body and claim it's medical. Dan Henderson may need Testosterone to fight but I doubt highly he needs it to live.

If you have low -testosterone no problem, just get a different job. Plenty of jobs don't give a shit about your use of roids, UFC commentator being one of them. you just can't fight for a living and claim you have inadequate testosterone to compete.

I'm in a wheelchair so my doctor wrote me a note to bring in a knife, okay guys?
BaghdadBob- June 12, 2012 at 11:48 am
Well, duh.
saltyweasel- June 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm
The UFC has suspended their top guys in the past but that was based upon the test results of state athletic commissions, not UFC testing results. If the CSAC or NSAC catch someone's hot piss, then the suspension is in evitable. The UFC, if left to be the sole testing organization, might potentially issue fewer hotpiss suspensions.
Japanadian- June 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm
The UFC has stripped the title from steroid users before. how can he say the big names aren't testing positive.... ALISTAIR OVEREEM!!!!!!
saltyweasel- June 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm
Perhaps you missed the point. The UFC has suspended their top guys in the past but that was based upon the test results of state athletic commissions, not UFC testing results. If the CSAC or NSAC catch someone's hot piss, then the suspension is in evitable. The UFC, if left to be the sole testing organization, might potentially issue fewer hotpiss suspensions.
MonsterMaulingAss- June 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm
Alistair Overeem tested positive for what?
Pen Fifteen- June 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm
Apparently, he was going after Mir too in the interview. But really, this guy is a total fucking weasel whose only concern is getting his own name out, and he passes his columns at MMA Junkie, which are solely intended to drive traffic to his blog, off as some kind of public service. The 'Fistic Medicine' guy at Sherdog was a much better commentator, mainly because he didn't engage in this kind of bullshit speculation, most of which is intended simply to feed preexisting opinions rather than offer true insight into things the layperson doesn't understand about medicine.
Sho Nuff- June 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Well put, Pen Fifteen. This rant would have much more credibility if it was about Dan Henderson or in response to Frank Mir's TRT news.
Pen Fifteen- June 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm
See, e.g.,:
Pen Fifteen- June 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm
Gotta agree with YM. It's convenient that he's going after a noted heel like Sonnen instead of any other TRT user, like, for example, America's sweetheart, Dan Henderson. Henderson was also a big-time collegiate/international wrestler who now has a TRT exemption, so why isn't he being singled out?
Bix- June 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Benjamin singled out Sonnen because he's the only fighter claiming that he always had hypogonadism and never went through puberty. The idea that someone could compete at a high level in wrestling and MMA with untreated hypogonadism is completely ridiculous.
RearNakedSpoon- June 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm
Sooooooooo? If you are not testing positive for steroids around fight time and TRT leaves you within normal allowed ranges...what does it matter?
dillsapldorf- June 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Dr. Benjamin on point as always! we need him in a position of authority fo professional sports in general! buncha roid using, commodity oriented, industrialized shite athletics! i call for a the entire corrupt worldwide system!
Ricardo Guitardo- June 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm
I have back zits also but it is because I eat too many cheese sandwiches
Fried Taco- June 11, 2012 at 11:39 am
I agree with YM. Dr. Benjamin has never examined Chale's balls personally, and should therefore restrain from making such comments. I personally would like to hear from someone who has held Sonnen's tiny testicles in their own hands, perhaps even viewed them under a powerful microscope. Anyone? Hello?
Sho Nuff- June 11, 2012 at 11:15 am
They all do steroids, every one. They've had to to get to this point. Legalize it, monitor it with doctors, let 'em fight. How is responsible, monitored steroid use worse than the much less regulated world of supplements they use now to get the same effects? Professional athletes will take any and every advantage they can, their careers depend on it. It's cheating to get TRT but its perfectly fine to take every supplement on the planet? Give me a fucking break.
YM- June 11, 2012 at 10:49 am
ENOUGH OF THIS HACK. Dr. Benjamin has barnacled himself on the UFC an declared himself the expert on PED's inside the UFC. He's an orthopedic surgeon, not an endocrinologist or a urologist. He's specializes in something that has nothing to do with hormones. The fact he's in so many articles and podcasts should be enough to question his motivations (see Dr. Drew). Get an expert in the field, and get his/her opinion. This guy's sweeping generalizations mean zero and his credibility is worthless at this point.
agentsmith- June 11, 2012 at 10:49 am
One could also mention that the doctor who gave Sonnen his TRT prescription is a family practitioner from a small town 90 miles outside of Portland, with no background in endocrinology or sports medicine.
SocraticMethod- June 11, 2012 at 10:29 am
Anyone with any common sense has been saying this all along. It's good to see someone with actual medical training/knowledge saying it too. Although I'm sure the Sonnenites will now claim that Dr. Benjamin is a troll and a Silva fanboy.
shatterproof- June 11, 2012 at 9:30 am
Chael Sonnen -- professional cheater, amateur mortgage fraudster and convicted felon.

Stay classy, contenders.
The12ozCurls- June 11, 2012 at 9:30 am
If you took a Sharpie and played connect the dots with Chael's back zits it would form the star constellation of Corona Borealis right next to a giant syringe.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 11, 2012 at 9:23 am
Undefeated, and undisputed!