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Sonnen’s Suspension Reduced to Six Months

(Sonnen’s testimony was as good as his pre-UFC 117 soundbites were.)

After a near three-hour hearing before the California State Athletic Commission on Thursday, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen‘s 12-month suspension for non-disclosure of his prescribed testosterone therapy prior to his UFC 117 championship bout with Anderson Silva was cut in half.

Sonnen’s legal team gave evidence showing that Sonnen has been undergoing testosterone replacement therapy via twice weekly injections of a synthetic version of the hormone since 2008 under the care of his physician, who also testified to the same. 

During testimony, Sonnen said that he had been embarrassed to disclose that he was suffering from hypogonadism, which is characterized by low testosterone levels due to malfunction of his testicles during a fighter’s meeting in which the participants of the card congregate to fill out necessary paperwork in the days prior to the bout. He also revealed that he did not reach puberty until early adulthood and that he did not care to relive the ridicule that he endured as a child because of it.

The Team Quest fighter explained under oath that he was also under the impression that he had gained clearance in 2009 from the CSAC when he alleges that his treating physician sent in proof of his condition and blood tests showing his depleted testosterone levels to the commission. Sonnen contended that received back the go-ahead from a physician he believed to be a representative of the governing body, who also was involved in his pre-fight medical examination. He admitted during the hearing that he later learned that the physician in question was actually employed by the UFC and that his misunderstanding compounded the confusion about his medical clearance.

Chael’s council contended that the Oregon native did not try to hide his use of testosterone as he listed it on his pre-drug screening form, but three of the four commissioners who voted (CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd who testified for the State did not vote and a second commissioner left the hearing early to catch a plane out of state) felt that by failing to disclose to the CSAC physician that administered his pre-fight medical exam, Sonnen knowingly broke the rules and thus only reduced his suspension in half, while maintaining his originally prescribed $2,500 fine.

As he has already served three months of his suspension, Sonnen will be eligible to return to action in just prior to UFC 128 in Abu Dhabi on March 19.

In other news from the meeting, multiple positive steroid tester, Josh Barnett‘s license reinstatement hearing was moved to the next commission meeting in February as the "Babyfaced Assassin" did not bring legal representation with him and was unprepared to present his case during today’s proceedings.

According to Barnett, he assumed that he would have to explain his side of things and that the commission would simply vote on whether or not to grant him a new license. CSAC protocol requires that a fighter suspended or denied licensure for drug infractions must prove that they have been rehabilitated, but since Barnett still claims he did not knowingly take any PEDs, he was confused about what his "rehabilitation" would have entailed.

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Just_the_tip- December 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Stak40 and BossNasty, do either of you do even the least bit of research before you have diarrhea of the mouth in these comments? If you bothered to watch any of Chael’s pre-ufc fights you'd see that he's been able to take down and ground n' pound ANYONE he's ever fought. His Achilles heel has always been submission defense. To say that "he wasn't shit" before the UFC is utter ignorance.

But hey, if you need to keep bashing Chael fans and cursing to make yourself feel better, by all means continue. The patheticness of your arguments is entertaining to many of the readers here.
Waxedpants- December 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Well if "hypogonadism" means your balls are broken wouldn't " hypergonadism" mean you have super balls?

that these words haven't been in common usage is a travesty..................

thank you Chael !
SgT.SauceD- December 3, 2010 at 10:35 am
Hypogonadism... that's the most epic word I've ever heard for a medical condition. I bet when you tell people you have hypogonadism they automatically assume you have the most awesome balls on the planet.
Waxedpants- December 3, 2010 at 10:26 am
Seems like a bunch of angry dbags here are confusing nuthugging with enjoying ridiculousness.

First he gave us the best shit talking campaign in the history of sports and now hypergonadism? you can't write this shit .. genius
eradz- December 3, 2010 at 9:37 am
Sonnen needs to be the rep for those "Do you have Low T" commericals!!!!
PortlandMMA- December 3, 2010 at 8:24 am
The Dr. that testified on behalf of Chael (Dr. Mark D Czarnecki) was my family physician growing up in The Dalles...he trains MMA as well and seems to be more on the friends side of things then the Dr side with team Quest. You'd think someone would have looked into that, but it is the CSAC.
ghostboner- December 3, 2010 at 8:18 am
Man you would have to have some serious hypogonadism to try pulling out the race card on this thread.
mikesioda- December 3, 2010 at 8:15 am
His delayed puberty BS story is simply a sympathy card played by a shifty politician. He has low test because he - like most pro athletes - has abused steroids for most of his life. His HRT prescription is just a way to stay on the juice leading up to & including fight night - just enough extra test to avoid the post-cycle crash. He just fucked up & didn't taper off enough in time for fight night. I'd bet my house on 20:1 Vegas odds that his test levels are sky-high in between fights.

Anyone that thinks that he or any of your other favorite fighters are not on the juice are fooling themselves. I'm not just talking about the obvious meat heads (Lesnar, Sherk, Alves, Bader) - even many of the less than ridiculous physiques are most likely juiced up.
...ChOkE...- December 3, 2010 at 8:10 am
Sonnen stinks like bullshit to me... I watched most of the hearing (I shut it off when the lawyers started their rebuttal arguments), and as far as I saw, Chael only mentioned not going through puberty, and being ridiculed as a kid the one time, as a response to being asked why nobody else knew about his testosterone problems. It sounded very defensive, and frankly, like he was making the shit up on the spot. They went on to explain how in 2008, he was lethargic and had "brain fog", and underwent all kinds of testing to find out what was wrong...
You would think that he would've had SOME idea that he had low testosterone, if he had such a terrible, traumatic childhood because of not going through puberty until very late...
Also, as some others have mentioned, given that his test levels were so low SINCE childhood, how the hell did he make it all the way to 2008 before getting any help for this...
And yeah, he spoke confidently (and loudly), but he's a politician, and he sounded like one, which again, just makes me think he's full of shit.

Of course his levels were far above normal. Lest we forget the bacne...
BossNasty- December 3, 2010 at 8:01 am
Cause I hate when people act blind and ignorant just to ride nuts. Every last one of you know Sonnen wasn't shit before the UFC, to the point he shouldn't have even been picked up. Then out of nowhere he starts stomping with the big boys and looking quite impressive doing it. Then it comes out that he has some fishy shit going on with the HRT and then everyone stuffs their heads in the ground and act like "Sonnen's Back" Fuck that shit, he never was, and all this shit just proves that Sonnen never was great, and that the potato nation is occupied by a large number of nut huggers who jump on the nuts of any potential white champ.
Fried Taco- December 3, 2010 at 8:01 am
I feel for ya Chael, I still haven't reached puberty.
Stak40- December 3, 2010 at 8:00 am
Rex i bet you didnt see this coming but....wait for it comes...EAT A DICK!!!
ReX13- December 3, 2010 at 7:51 am
Stak, Boss >>  Why y'all mad?   
BossNasty- December 3, 2010 at 7:36 am
OK batches, Explain how a fighter who was barely worth mentioning outside the UFC, who never beat a legit fighter and barely finished any half ass fighters, all of a sudden comes to the ufc and starts to man handle the likes of Mardquart who I don't consider a great fighter but is definately skilled and strong enough to not get owned by the likes of pre-ufc-Sonnen and then completely dominates for 4.5 rounds Anderson Silva who is deservingly considered one of the best P4P fighters of all time? You can honestly look inside your pea brain and say that a fighter is coming to the end of his line all of a sudden has a huge boost in his performance the happen to coincide with the use of HRT and then say the two are completely unrelated. If you want to suck Sonnen's dick then say you do, don't try and bullshit everyone with a bunch of smoke and mirrors and "oh his levels were low so he just got them back to normal" SHUT THE FUCK UP WITH THAT BULLSHIT!!
Your boy cheated and lost. END OF STORY
Stak40- December 3, 2010 at 7:00 am
Here we go again. The Sonnen nuthuggers are back. This must be like Christmas for yall. I swear Sonnen was the "Great White Hope" leading up to fighting Silva, then he was a fraud, a loud mouth and a cheat when the HRT news popped up. Now he uses his political tounge to sway the CSAC to shorten his suspension. This is the type of shit Politicians do. Its how they become successful and governing bodies. They can pursuade entire counties, cities, states, and nations so why wouldn't he be able to sway a bunch of fucking idiots like the CSAC and some of you dumbasses. Reality=he wasnt shit until he started the HRT then he starts beating real comp and give Silva (hurt), who most of yall cant stand, his biggest challenge, which he still fucking lost.
Douchebaggery- December 3, 2010 at 6:50 am
I wish it was hyper-gonadism..."my bawlz are outta control Maury; they curse at me and stay out all night partying, can you help? I already tried rubbing adderal on my taint"
ReX13- December 3, 2010 at 5:39 am
I love this.I love this story, i love this news, and i love this thread.  CotW to pretty much everyone above.
El Famous Burrito- December 3, 2010 at 5:29 am
Chael Sonnen's testosterone replacement therapy was no match for Anderson Silva's Restless Legs Syndrome.
Waxedpants- December 3, 2010 at 5:17 am
Chael " The Hypogonad " Sonnen

his story just gets better and better
Monhoose- December 3, 2010 at 2:35 am
This news HAS to be worthy of a nickname thread.

I can't wait to hear Bruce Buffer announce him in the next fight...

'aaand FIGHTING out of the red corner is a wrestler and kickboxer, with a record of 25wins 11losses and 1draw. Fighting out of Portland, Oregan. CHAAAAAEEEEL " NAE PUUUUUBES" SOOO-NNEEEEEEEN!!!'
RearNakedSpoon- December 3, 2010 at 1:55 am
I was getting some great laughs from this comment section but:

"Poutine Guillotine Says:
In response to the news a Spanish sounding Lance Armstrong had this to say:"

is by far the best haha
Just_the_tip- December 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm
Ok, just so everyone understands this fully......What Chael's doping test showed what that the ratio of testosterone to epi-testosterone was 4 times the threshold amount. What does this indicate? It indicates ONLY that there is an artificial substance in the body. What it does not indicate is what Chael's testosterone level was when he took the injection, when he was tested, the night of the fight, or any other time for that matter. As a previous commenter stated: The only way to actually measure the testosterone level is with a blood test.

From what I gathered from the hearing Chael had his T-levels tested some 10 times since he started this therapy and it never measured high. All it did was bring it up to normal levels. Additionally Chael testified that he took the exact same dosage every Sunday and Thursday and that was his regimen. I believe Chael was 100% honest in this testimony and did not "abuse" the therapy to raise his T-levels into performance enhancing territory.

All that said, what HRT does is circumvent the aging process. All men's T-levels begin a decline in their late 20's. Low T, among other things, makes it very hard to workout and even harder to recover. Chael, as an intelligent athlete, found a way combat these effects. And remember, HRT IS legal if you do it the right way. Even the commissioners seemed to be in consensus that Chael's use of it was done properly. They only took issue with his failure to disclose it to them in a timely manner.

I think it could be argued all day long whether HRT should be allowed at all in this level of competition, but right now it is. I think the point to take home is that Chael played within the rules and should not be called a cheater.
Charming Charlie- December 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm
A nuance of this reduced suspension is that it means he'll be able to fight after March 2nd. Which is three months from now, and about the time a lot of big fights get booked. So it's almost like he's not suspended at all!
BigBalluh- December 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm
jimbonics- December 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm
Gonads and Strife.