Although Chael Sonnen has hung up the gloves and is no longer employed by FOX Sports, the UFC vet can certainly still make headlines with eye brow raising comments.
The latest, double take statements from Sonnen are, not surprisingly, regarding his use of performance enhancing drugs. Yes, the things that he tested positive for on two occasions earlier this year, expedited his retirement and cost him his UFC commentating job.
The “American Gangster” also received a two year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the tests, which indicated Sonnen had used anastrozole, clomiphene, human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).
Sonnen apparently weighed in on PEDs via his new podcast, “You’re Welcome“, and here is some of what the former middleweight contender had to say about the controversial subject (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry,” Sonnen said. “I’m a consenting adult; I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision. If I go jump in my car and I back up and I hit my neighbor’s garbage cans, I’m sorry for that. This was a calculated decision. I made the decision and I’ll live with it. That’s it. I wouldn’t make any excuses about it.”
“Here’s the problem: it worked,” Sonnen noted. “There’s a term out there, ‘performance-enhancing drugs.’ The reality is, that’s all medicine. There’s no medicine made that isn’t meant to make you better. It’s all meant to enhance you. If it did the opposite it would be malpractice. You’re not going to the doctor and saying, ‘Hey, give me something to make me worse.’ I was taking things and they were making me feel a little bit better.”
The 37 year-old also relayed that he was conducting his own testing while he was competing, to see what, if anything, was still showing up in his system. How about that?
There’s no question that Sonnen’s fan base has been reduced in size as a result of his PED use, especially since it’s a pretty hot button issue right now in MMA. Now it will be interesting to see how Sonnen’s unapologetic stance regarding his use of them is received by fans.
Sonnen closed out his fifteen plus year with a first round, stoppage loss to Rashad Evans in November, 2013. The former middleweight contender went 2-3 in his last five fights, which included a stoppage loss to Anderson Silva in July, 2012.
Sonnen came close to winning the UFC’s middleweight title in 2010, but after dominating Silva for over four rounds, the legendary fighter caught him with a fifth round, triangle-choke.