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Saturday 22, Apr 2017

  UFC Pulls Kelvin Gastelum From Anderson Silva Fight

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UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum has been pulled from a scheduled fight on June 3 against Anderson Silva after he tested positive for marijuana on March 11.

Under WADA standards, the legal decision limit for Carboxy-THC in-competition is 180 ng/mL. Gastelum was flagged for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as Carboxy-THC, “which is a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish.” Marijuana metabolites under the UFC’s anti-doping policy are classified as a specified substance, which carries a potential one-year suspension.

The 25-year-old Gastelum (14-2) is riding a three-fight win streak. He now has been placed under provisional suspension. Gastelum, who won “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2013 over Uriah Hall by split decision, has since missed weight on three different occasions, the most recent coming at UFC 205. He was ordered by UFC president Dana White to move up to middleweight after not making weight on two occasions while fighting in the welterweight division in the UFC. He has since won back-to-back fights in dominant fashion at 185 pounds where he stopped both Tim Kennedy and Belfort inside the distance.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency informed the UFC of violation of the drug policy by Gastelum. The failed drug test happened after the knockout win of Gastelum over Vitor Belfort in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum defeated Belfort via first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 106 to propel himself into the top-10 of the UFC middleweight rankings. The win also earned Gastelum his second Performance of the Night bonus award.

The American professional mixed martial artist who is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 17. Currently competing as a middleweight and is ranked #8 in the UFC official middleweight rankings, Kelvin Gastelum made his professional MMA debut on December 11, 2010 and won via submission because of punches in the second round. Gastelum then went on to amass undefeated record of 5–0 and had finished every opponent he had faced with 2 TKOs and 3 submissions on his record. Gastelum was selected for The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen in January 2013. He defeated Kito Andrews by decision to get into the TUF house and was picked last by Chael Sonnen for Team Sonnen.

In a statement, the UFC said a replacement is currently being sought to face Silva at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro. Yoel Romero has expressed interest in taking on Anderson Silva but Romero wants the fight to be for the interim belt. The statement further reads that USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Gastelum, as it relates to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and future UFC participation.

The UFC statement also reads that USADA will work to ensure that the Commission has the necessary information to determine its proper judgment of Gastelum’s potential anti-doping violation because the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) was the regulatory body overseeing the fight in Fortaleza and has licensing jurisdiction over Gastelum. It was also added that additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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Sunday 24, May 2015

  Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

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Lifetime Ban On Wanderlei Silva Reversed

The now-retired mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva has escaped a lifetime ban and a fine of $70,000 imposed on him for fleeing from a random drug test last year.

The ruling comes four days after the Nevada State Athletic Commission amended many of its guidelines, including a four-year suspension and a fine of 50 percent of the athlete’s purse for avoiding a test.

In May 2014, Silva ran from a drug test the Nevada State Athletic Commission tried to administer at the Las Vegas gym of the fighter. The 38-year-old later admitted that he had taken diuretics. For the infraction, the NSAC banned Silva for life and the MMA fighter later announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

In January, Wanderlei Silva appealed ruling of the NSAC and contended that the Commission lacked jurisdiction to even test him as he did not have the license of an active fighter in Nevada. However, it was argued by NSAC that the fighter was scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014 that clearly revealed his intent to fight within the state. On this particular issue, Judge Earley ruled in favor of the NSAC and stated that the commission had properly exercised jurisdiction over Wanderlei Silva.

Judge Kerry L. Earley ruled in favor of an assertion made by the former MMA fighter that the punishment that was voted in September on unanimously by the Nevada State Athletic Commission was “arbitrary, capricious and not supported by substantial evidence.” A rehearing, as part of the court’s ruling, has been ordered for allocating proper punishment for the violation of Wanderlei Silva.

Silva’s attorney Ross Goodman applauded ruling of the judge in a statement. Goodman stated we are pleased that the court set aside the disciplinary actions ordered against Silva and reversed its decision and remanded for a re-hearing after finding that the NSAC violated Silva’s rights. The attorney added while we believe this is the first step in the right direction and we are evaluating our options to appeal this order given the court’s failure to specifically address whether the NSAC also violated jurisdiction limits.

The former PRIDE Middleweight Champion was also crowned the 2003 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament Champion. Silva (35-12-1), the former Pride middleweight champion, celebrated the decision and thanked all of his supporters. Nicknamed “The Axe Murderer“, Silva history was made today for all MMA fighters and added that we succeeded at reversing a very unjust sentence given by this Commission. Silva also commented that he hopes that this never happens to another athlete and also said it was not right for the Commission to do that.

The Brazilian former mixed martial artist is best known for holding the record for the most wins, title defenses, knockouts, and longest winning streak in PRIDE history. Silva made his official UFC debut at UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil on October 16, 1998 in a match against Vitor Belfort where he lasted only 44 seconds after he was knocked down against the cage by Belfort’s punches.

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Monday 09, Feb 2015

  Anderson Silva Denies Steroid Use

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Anderson Silva, Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Middleweight Champion, has failed an out-of-competition drug test. The UFC legend, however, denied using anabolic steroids.

The 39-year-old had tested positive for the steroid Drostanolone during a random out-of-competition test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar confirmed the positive test and said Silva’s lab report revealed that he also tested positive for a second steroid, Androstane. Aguilar also disclosed that Diaz (26-10) tested positive for marijuana metabolites during a post-fight drug test. Silva (34-6) defeated Diaz via unanimous decision at UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Marcio Tannure, the medical director of Brazil’s governing body for mixed martial arts, remarked Anderson Silva denies using steroids. The laboratory that conducted the tests is now performing further evaluation of Silva’s samples.

Silva believes there was “contamination” or a “mistake by the laboratory” that handled his test. Silva said in a statement released by Ed Soares, his manager, said he has been competing in this sport for a very long time and this was his 19th fight in the UFC. Silva added he had been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive test. He also denied using performance enhancing drugs and said his stance on drugs is and will always be the same as he is an advocate for a clean sport.

According to an announcement by UFC, the former middleweight champion tested positive in an out-of-competition test on January 9. This announcement was made just a few days after Anderson Silva defeated Nick Diaz in Las Vegas in his return to the cage after recovering from a broken lower left leg 13 months ago.

In a statement, UFC President Dana White said Silva for now would continue in his role as a coach for “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” and added that UFC will wait for the investigative process before taking a decision. White added Anderson Silva has been one of the greatest athletes this sport has ever seen and added Silva has had a long and distinguished career in mixed martial arts. The UFC President went on to remark that Anderson has never tested positive for a banned substance in his nine years with the UFC and we want to ensure that Anderson gets his due process and we will support him during this time.

Silva faces a disciplinary hearing in Las Vegas on February 17, when his license to fight is likely to be suspended. He may face a nine-month suspension. On the other hand, Diaz may be face a heavier suspension and fine as this is his third doping offence.

Former middleweight and light heavyweight contender Chael Sonnen said he believes the entire career of Silva is fair game to question. Sonnen himself received suspension after he failed two separate random drug tests for a ‘cocktail’ that included human growth hormone (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Sonnen remarked as soon as you test positive for something people will want to say it was over your whole career and he believes that is fair and added if you get hit with something it runs you all the way back in time.

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Saturday 12, Jul 2014

  Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort Admits Failing Drug Test

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UFC middleweight Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort has admitted he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on February 7, 2014. The middleweight contender has also been pulled out from UFC 175 after the failed random drug test.

Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) was originally slated to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to get a license to fight against the Chael Sonnen, who retired a few days back, at the July 5 event inside Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Brazilian mixed martial artist and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has also been removed from the upcoming NSAC agenda as he is no longer in urgent need of a license to compete in Nevada. The UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament Champion claimed that his high testosterone levels were because of testosterone replacement therapy treatment that was administered by his doctor the day before the NSAC test.

Belfort posted lab reports that revealed his testosterone level was 1472 milligrams per deciliter on February 7 that is considered to be “above therapeutic range.” According to a test result dated February 22, Belfort modified his TRT regiment and his testosterone levels dropped to a more reasonable 681 mg/Dl within two weeks. He added his physicians had immediately modified his therapy to return him to within the therapeutic range.

In 2006, Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone, which is legally defined as an anabolic steroid and banned in Major League Baseball and other sports. Belfort lost a unanimous decision to Pride Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson at Pride 32: The Real Deal on October 21, 2006. It was argued by Belfort that he bought an over-the-counter supplement which contained 4-Hydroxytestosterone and explained that he could have received the drug as the result of rehabilitative injections given to him by Brazilian endocrinologist Dr. Rodrigo M. Greco to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. In a statement to NSAC, Dr. Greco stated that he administered post surgical injections containing testosterone to Belfort, who was then suspended for nine months from the date of the hearing and fined $10,000.

The NSAC decided to ban Testosterone replacement therapy a few days after Belfort took his test. Meanwhile, the UFC defended Belfort in its statement and said the UFC organization supports Vitor Belfort’s application for a license to compete in Nevada, and we respect the Nevada Athletic Commission and its licensing process and added we pending commission approval look forward to a great fight between Vitor Belfort and Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 on July 5.

In his first sanctioned mixed martial arts match, Belfort at the age of 19 defeated Jon Hess in 12 seconds by knockout. In his debut event in the UFC, Belfort beat two fighters and won the UFC 12 Heavyweight Tournament to become the youngest fighter to ever score a victory inside the octagon. In 1999, Vítor moved on to fight in the PRIDE Fighting Championships in Japan and fought against some of the most famous names, including Alistair Overeem, Gilbert Yvel, Daijiro Matsui, Bobby Southworth, and Heath Herring.

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Friday 04, Jul 2014

  Wanderlei Silva Admits Using Diuretics

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UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva has admitted that he avoided a random drug test on May 24 as he was taking diuretics at the time.

Recently, the 37-year-old pulled from a light heavyweight bout against Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 when it was made clear that the Nevada State Athletic Commission would not grant a fighter’s license to Silva after he fled from a random drug test. The martial artist appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission at an “information gathering” and was represented by Las Vegas-based attorney Ross Goodman.

Chael Sonnen, who was scheduled to fight Silva, recently announced his retirement from UFC after testosterone replacement therapy was banned in all forms of combat sports. Sonnen remarked he did not use the therapy to enhance performance but it was medically advised. The UFC, which previously supported TRT, decided to honor the TRT ban and Sonnen announced his retirement.

 Goodman admitted on behalf of Wanderlei Silva that the martial artist had been taking diuretics at the time of the test. Diuretics are banned in combat sports and are used to quickly cut weight or mask the presence of performance enhancing drugs in the body.

The MMA fighter remarked he used diuretics in conjunction with anti-inflammatories for dealing with an injury to the wrist he had suffered in February. Goodman said Silva injured his wrist in February of this year and was scheduled to fight in May but X-rays confirmed he had fractured his right wrist and therefore the UFC moved the fight to July 5. Goodman added Silva regretfully started taking diuretics at that time for the sole purpose of reducing inflammation and water retention.

Before the admission of Silva, the independent sample collector provided a detailed account of what occurred before the refused test. Jim Guernsey, with an experience of 34 years in collecting drug-testing samples, said he attempted to reach the MMA fighter at his residence in Las Vegas at approximately 1 p.m. He decided to call Silva and his wife after there was no response at their residence. After this, Guernsey drove to the Las Vegas gym of Silva and found him and other members of the gym. Guernsey then told Silva that a random drug test had been requested by the NSAC and then Silva said he wanted to talk to his manager and left without giving the test. Details as described by Guernsey were confirmed by Silva during his admission.

The Las Vegas-based attorney added Silva was surprised and this was the first time in his career where something like this, somebody showing up at his gym and that does not negate or minimalize what Silva did and he is here to apologize to the commission. Goodman added Silva was concerned the diuretics would show up on his sample and there should not be inference or suggestion that Silva was trying to mask or hide any performance enhancing drugs or testosterone use.

The former Pride middleweight champion had never failed a drug test before this incident. Silva made his professional MMA debut in 1996.

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Wednesday 02, Jul 2014

  Sonnen Fired From FOX Sports And UFC Broadcasting Positions

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Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has been fired by the UFC and FOX Sports organizations from his broadcast positions. This announcement was made after Sonnen failed a second random test given by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on June 5.

Sonnen’s first failed test was on May 24 after which he announced his retirement. Sonnen was scheduled to fight UFC light heavyweight Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 but announced his retirement after his failed test in May.

FOX and the UFC released a joint statement to announce that the UFC Tonight co-host was terminated. It was revealed that the UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. It was added that this decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June and Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.

In his MMA career, Sonnen has failed three drug tests with the first being after his 2010 title fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland. The MMA fighter was suspended by the California athletic commission but made false claims to have his suspension reduced.

In May this year, Sonnen tested positive for two prohibited substances and voluntarily admitted to a third banned drug after a random drug test administered on May 24 in Las Vegas. His second failed test this year was confirmed by blood and urine samples given at another random drug test that was administered on June 5 in Portland. In his first random test, Sonnen tested positive for Anastrozole and Clomiphene, which are used to provide relief to men with hypogonadism. Sonnen also claimed he used Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG). In his second test, he failed for Human growth hormone (hGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) that are prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Anastrozole (also known as Arimidex) is used as an on-cycle support drug to treat side effects of excess estrogens, which are usually associated with the use of harsh and aromatizable steroids. This post cycle therapy drug blocks the action (and not the production) of estrogen. On the other hand, Clomiphene citrate (also called Clomid) is used by athletes during the recovery phase of steroid cycles to restore the production of naturally-occurring hormones, including Testosterone, and prevent side effects of excess estrogens.

According to WADA’s description of human growth hormone, hGH is known to act on many aspects of cellular metabolism and is also necessary for skeletal growth in humans and the major role of hGH in body growth is to stimulate the liver and other tissues to secrete insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that stimulates production of cartilage cells, resulting in bone growth and also plays a key role in muscle and organ growth.

Sonnen now claims that the second failed test is because of the prescribed medications. He remarked the Commission is aware of other prescribed medications he was taking and he will not challenge their allegations. Sonnen remarked he will cooperate with the Commission and look forward to having a dialogue about how fighters who transition off Testosterone replacement therapy can avoid violating any rules.

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Monday 16, Jun 2014

  Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

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Chael Sonnen Announces Retirement

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen who failed a random drug test from the Nevada State Athletic Commission has announced his retirement from competitive mixed martial arts on June 11, 2014.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) found Sonnen’s sample positive for two illegal substances, Anastrozole and Clomiphene.

Clomiphene is a female infertility drug and is used by athletes and bodybuilders to prevent estrogenic side effects (such as oily skin and gynecomastia) that are associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids. Anastrozole (Arimidex) is medically prescribed for treating breast cancer and is used for on-cycle support by athletes while using anabolic steroids.

Sonnen, who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, expressed frustration with the recent rule changes by NSAC regarding Testosterone replacement therapy. Explaining his positive drug test, Chael Sonnen remarked there is a transition period while getting off from TRT and he couldn’t have been more open or more transparent. He added he used perfectly legal substances that are not performance enhancing drugs or anabolic steroids. Sonnen went on to remark that he used the drugs for preventing side effects from getting off Testosterone replacement therapy and also required them for fertility reasons. Sonnen remarked doctors prescribed him Anastrozole and Clomiphene with a hope of stimulating natural testosterone production after TRT was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission in February.

Sonnen further remarked that his legitimate medical need for estrogen blockers would not allow him to stop taking them, leaving him with no option but to announce his retirement. He thanked his fans, team members, Fox Sports, UFC executives, and Nevada State Athletic Commission board member Bill Brady and also thanked former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, whom he challenged for the title in 2010 and 2012. Sonnen said he wants to thank the single most important opponent he ever had.

In 2009, Sonnen’s career took off after he mocked Silva in public events and media interviews. Sonnen was superior to Silva through four rounds of a title fight at UFC 117 in August 2010 before he submitted to a triangle choke in the final round. After this fight, Sonnen tested positive for an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio for which he was fined $2,500 and suspended for one year (until September 2, 2011) by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) though his suspension was later reduced to six months. Sonnen then revealed a diagnosis of hypogonadism and being approved for TRT. A rematch against Anderson Silva remains the highest-grossing UFC event ever held in Las Vegas. It took place at UFC 148 in July 2012 and the event drew an attendance of 15,016 and a live gate of $7 million wherein Sonnen lost via TKO in the second round.

The three-time UFC title contender started his career in May 1997 and was pulled out by the UFC from a light heavyweight bout against Vitor Belfort, scheduled for July 5 in Las Vegas, because of the failed drug test. One of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the UFC, Sonnen (28-14-1), Sonnen hosted “UFC Tonight” with Kenny Florian and also acted as an analyst for UFC live events.

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Tuesday 18, Mar 2014

  Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

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Chael Sonnen Could Stop His UFC Participation

American mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen has admitted that his fighting days may be over. Sonnen made this stunning announcement after the apparent elimination of therapeutic-use exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

Sonnen said on an edition of “UFC Tonight” that he may not continue competing in the Octagon if he cannot find a good way to help improve his lagging testosterone to a normal level. The #8 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings and #15 in middleweight said he may have to stop the sport if it does not work and it is as simple as that. These comments made by Sonnen were part of a discussion on the recent decision of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to ban Testosterone replacement therapy exemptions in the state. Chael Sonnen also remarked that he and his team are educating themselves on the new process and potential alternatives. Till a solution is reached, the UFC fighter said his days in the cage could be quickly drawing to a close. He added that an athlete should not have to choose between sport or health and it should be a combination of both.

The decision of NSAC was soon followed by the UFC and later on by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) that issued a “total ban” on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

At the age of 19, Sonnen made his MMA career by defeating Ben Hailey in 1997. He then went on to defeat future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Chael Sonnen made his UFC debut against former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral at UFC 55. He then debuted in May 2006 for Bodog Fight and defeated Tim Credeur via TKO. Sonnen defeated future Ultimate Fighter member Kyacey Uscola at SuperFight 20: Homecoming. Sonnen was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for one year and fined $2,500 after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 on August 7, 2010. It was revealed that Sonnen had an unallowably high testosterone/epitestosterone (T/E) ratio of 16.9:1 at the time of the fight while the T/E ratio of an average man is 1:1 and a ratio as high as 4:1 may be allowed by some testing bodies for athletes undergoing Testosterone replacement therapy treatment.

In another development, Chris Weidman who has been one of the more outspoken critics of TRT expressed satisfaction on the recent decision by NSAC. Weidman said he had made it no secret at all for his stance on TRT and added he always thought it was cheating and went on to remark that there was just guys taking advantage of it, so it’s a huge step in the right direction for the sport to get rid of that. Weidman added there has always going to be people cheating out there, but when it was guided cheating and people were allowed to cheat, that was not right and it’s a step in the right direction.

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Wednesday 29, Aug 2012

  Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement

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Stephan Bonnar Hints At Retirement – Cliff Notes

Stephan Bonnar steroidsUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight @Stephan Bonnar is running out of options these days. Bonnar who was campaigning to get in front of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) cameras opposite longtime rival and original castmate Forrest Griffin has given some hints of retirement.

Bonnar was suspended for nine months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for anabolic steroids after his fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral. The banned substance in the post-fight urine sample of Bonnar was Boldenone Metabolite, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Boldenone or Equipoise is a banned substance and anabolic steroid on the list of all the major athletic commissions and sports leagues.

The American mixed martial artist who currently competes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rose to fame after he took the second spot on season 1 of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV. Bonnar is well-known in the world of MMA for never being knocked out or submitted in MMA competition and earned his Taekwondo black belt at the age of sixteen.

The MMA fighter was awarded a contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship after he exhibited good skills in the light-heavyweight finals, where he lost against Forrest Griffin by unanimous decision (29–28). The 2002-04 Ironheart Crown Light Heavyweight champion and Total Fight Challenge Light Heavyweight champion trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the legendary Carlson Gracie has also trained in Muay Thai during several trips to Thailand. Fan of the rock band The Who, Stephan Bonnar uses their song “Eminence Front” as his entrance music to UFC fights. Bonnar has gone on to take part in some of the bloodiest wars in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) since the infamous brawl night in April of 2005 with fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one contestant, Forrest Griffin.

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Born on 4th April 1977 and nicknamed “The American Psycho“, Stephan Patrick Bonnar has announced his plan to retire from MMA unless a third fight with Forrest Griffin or Quinton Jackson comes his way that is highly unlikely as Griffin will meet Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 and Jackson is scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira at UFC 153.

In 2005, the MMA fighter was part of the first class of TUF alongside other future UFC staples like Forrest Griffin, Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, and Chris Leben.

In a recent interview, Bonnar said while addressing rumors of his potential retirement that retirement is not his preference, but he just has not had any offers that have been worth time. Bonnar remarked, “I fought every second of every fight I was in. I’ve never been stopped, legitimately, and I’ve only lost to champions. I’ve been hit with a ton of shots. I’ve never so much as acknowledged one of them.” The MMA fighter is present lobbying for a TUF coaching spot opposite Forrest Griffin or a match against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. With neither of his requests like to be entertained, the world may have already seen the last of Bonnar in the cage. Bonnar won his last three fights, with consecutive victories over Kyle Kingsbury, Igor Pokrajac, and Krzysztof Soszynski.

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Friday 10, Aug 2012

  Chael Sonnen Tests Positive

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Chael Sonnen Tests Positive – Cliff Notes

Chael Sonnen - doping testosteroneChael Patrick Sonnen, popularly known as Chael Sonnen, has tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. The American mixed martial artist who competes as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship tested positive after his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) suspended Sonnen for fabricating testimony in a previous hearing while accounting for his failed drug test at UFC 117. Sonnen, under oath, said he had never taken anabolic steroids.

Sonnen remarked that he provided full disclosure regarding his low testosterone levels on the pre-fight paperwork prior to his last two bouts and was receiving testosterone twice a week since 2008.

He, however, has now been granted a conditional therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. With this ruling, Sonnen can now use TRT while preparing for a fight against Anderson Silva on July 7 in Las Vegas.

It was disclosed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Sonnen is required to stop receiving the testosterone injections prior to the fight at a date determined by NSAC executive director Keith Kizer. In addition to that, he is asked to submit a blood sample the day after the fight and the sample results should remain below the 6:1 testosterone-to-epitestosterone level accepted by the NSAC.

NSAC physician Dr. Timothy Trainor, after testifying the medical records of Sonnen, testified that Chael Sonnen has a problem with Hypogonadism. Dr. Timothy added that it was appropriate to grant Sonnen an exemption but Sonnen needs to be “vigilant” in administering the dosage exactly as prescribed.

Sonnen has the distinction of being a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships and is a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman winner. He was an NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at the University of Oregon and is ranked as the No. 2 middleweight in the world by Sherdog as of June 2012.

 Chael Sonnen Breaks his silence to Mike Straka – Video

In 1997, he started his MMA career at the age of 19 by defeating Ben Hailey in Vancouver, Washington and then went on to defeat future ICON Sport Middleweight Champion and Strikeforce Middleweight contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Chael Sonnen made his UFC and light heavyweight debut at UFC 55 against former IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Sobral, submitting to a triangle choke in the second round but avenged his first loss in MMA by wining a unanimous decision over Trevor Prangley at UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4.

Sonnen has also been accused of money laundering and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a single count in a case wherein he and others involved in the deal steered a $69,091 kickback to the buyer. Sonnen agreed to give up his Realtor’s license and pay a $10,000 fine as part of his plea deal, according to Michelle Holman Kerin, the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case.

Sonnen fought Paulo Filho for the WEC Middleweight Championship in December 2007 and lost via a controversial submission at 4:55 of the second round. A rematch was scheduled but Chael Sonnen had to face undefeated WEC Middleweight contender Bryan Baker after Filho entered a drug rehabilitation program. Sonnen dominated Baker or three rounds to win a unanimous decision.


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