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Oh, this is not good. The biggest comeback story of 2010 may well be fizzling out before our very eyes, as the California State Athletic Commission tells Sherdog that Chael Sonnen tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in the wake of UFC 117. CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd says Sonnen was notified over the weekend that he’d popped positive for PEDs after his loss to Anderson Silva at that event.
Dodd had a lot on his plate on Saturday, what with the Shane Mosley-Sergio Mora boxing match going down in Los Angeles, so maybe you can’t blame the athletic commission honcho for handing out what appears to be just one very terse quote to the Dog. Aside from confirming that Sonnen’s test came back dirty, Dodd didn’t have much to say on the subject, pending further developments.
“(Sonnen) received his notice yesterday,” Dodd said.
On Friday, Dodd told Sherdog that all fighters for UFC 117 had passed tests for “drugs of abuse,” but said the commission was still waiting on results from the PED screening.
Sonnen dominated the first four rounds of his bout with the middleweight champion on Aug. 7, only to lose to a triangle choke in the fight’s waning minutes. The pair are reportedly scheduled for a rematch in January. No word yet on whether this news puts those plans in jeopardy.
According to Sherdog, Sonnen manager Matt Lindland was on the east coast this weekend attending to other fight-related business and said he had “no knowledge” of the failed test. That seems about typical for those dudes.
We also have to assume Silva’s manager, Ed Soares, was smirking his ass off when he handed out the following quote, also to The Dog:
“If it’s true, I feel really bad for him,” Soares said. “I know he did it to himself but it is really sad, he put on such a great performance that night. It is just a shame it will be tarnished.”