Chael Sonnen has retired from competitive MMA but that has not stopped the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) from handing him a temporary suspension. Sonnen failed a random drug test in May and that forced him off the UFC 175 PPV card where he was scheduled to meet Vitor Belfort.
According to reports Sonnen tested positive for the banned substances Anastrozole and Clomiphene. According to Sonnen he needed those substances to help in his transition off of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). He intended to file an appeal against the failed test but instead announced his retirement.
“I want to stay within the rules, and I don’t fully understand them,” Sonnen said. “I have to put my health first. I have to put my family first. If I know what I know now, and I know this is going to work and I’m going to be able to get my wife pregnant and look forward to having a family, I’m going to do the exact same thing 20 more times so it’s going to put me out of compliance 20 more times. Let’s just stop with that. Let me just remove myself.
“There’s going to be a day where I’m no longer going to have the title of fighter – that’s just a reality. I don’t ever there want to be a day where I’m not going to have the title of parent, father, and husband and my health has got to come first.”
The NSAC has yet to set a date for for the hearing but is expected that Chael Sonnen will be present to argue his case. The only reason that Sonnen would show up is if he intends to fight again. If he is truly retired then what would be the point of him trying to get his suspension overturned?
Chael Sonnen has had a great career and will probably get inducted to the UFC Hall Of Fame. He has a career as a broadcaster already set so there is really no reason for him to try to get reinstated as a fighter. It would be in his best interest to stay retired and continue on with the second half of his life.