Chael Sonnen Retires from MMA in Fallout of Failed Drug Test

MMA Weekly
Chael Sonnen Retires from MMA in Fallout of Failed Drug Test
.

View photo

Chael Sonnen Retires from MMA in Fallout of Failed Drug Test

Following a failed out-of-competition drug test that revealed banned substances in his system, UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from professional mixed martial arts.

The fighter made the announcement on UFC Tonight during his weekly role as the FOX Sports 1 program's co-host.

“I want to stay within the rules, and I don't fully understand them, and I have to put my health first. I have to put my family first,” Sonnen said.

“There's going to be a day where I no longer have the title of fighter,” he added, “but I don't ever want there to be a day where I don't have the ability to have the title as parent and father and husband, and my health has got to come first.”

As reported by MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday, Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole and clomiphene, both of which can be used to treat symptoms related to hypogonadism.

Sonnen was randomly tested by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) in May while he was in Las Vegas promoting the upcoming UFC 175 fight card. The results of the test prompted UFC officials to pull Sonnen from the card.

Following news of the results of withdrawal from the card, Sonnen defended his position in saying that these drugs were taken as a result of coming off testosterone-replacement therapy, which the fighter said he utilized to treat hypogonadism. Sonnen had a therapeutic use exemption for such a treatment prior to it being banned by the NSAC.

Sonnen said Wednesday that he is, as all athletes are, responsible for the substances put in his body.

“I do admit fault,” he said. “I want to make sure I take full responsibility.”

Sonnen completes his professional career with a record of 28-14-1.

(Follow @Erik_Fontanez on Twitter)

Follow MMAWeekly.com on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • BRIEF-Aeso Holding expects loss for 9-mnth period

      Jan 19 (Reuters) - Aeso Holding Ltd * Aeso - group is expected to record a loss for nine monthsending 31 Dec 2016 * Aeso holding ltd - expected loss was as a result of estimated listing expenses of approximately HK$8.7 millionSource text for Eikon: … More »

      Reuters - 6 minutes ago
    • Nadal smashes through Baghdatis to reach third round

      Nadal smashes through Baghdatis to reach third round

      By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Hours after reigning champion Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Australian Open on Thursday, Rafael Nadal raised hopes of filling the power vacuum after demolishing Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 6-1 6-3 to reach the third … More »

      Reuters - 15 minutes ago
    • Activists try again for referendum on Budapest's 2024 bid

      Opponents of Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympics have begun gathering the 138,000 signatures needed to hold a city referendum on the candidacy. The Momentum Movement, a new political group behind the current referendum attempt, says the … More »

      AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
    • Robinho in Brazil squad for Chape fundraiser versus Colombia

      CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) -- Veteran forward Robinho has been called back into Brazil's national team for Wednesday's friendly against Colombia - a match that will raise funds for the families of the victims of the Chapecoense team air crash. … More »

      AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
    • Donald Trump considered buying NHL team, making hockey great again

      Donald Trump considered buying NHL team, making hockey great again

      Donald Trump has put his name on many things: Buildings, golf courses, water, wine, steaks, his own magazine, presumably a tax return. About 17 years before becoming President of the United States* he looked into putting his name down as an owner … More »

      Puck Daddy - 20 minutes ago