The UFC has had an uneasy journey to Boston so far and those issues are still lingering as UFC Fight Night 26 headliner Chael Sonnen is still unlicensed for the August 17 show. Following complaints from an New York-based union, the athletic commission has called for a review of Sonnen’s use of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT. No date has been listed as of this post, however one is expected to be announced soon according to MMAJunkie.
Sonnen has been allowed to use TRT in the past after his usage was exposed after testing for high levels of testosterone after his incredible performance against then-champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Sonnen has claimed in multiple interviews since that he needs the therapy to live, a claim that most medical experts scoff at.
While the commission hearing was called for by a anti-UFC union, TRT has become a hot-button issue in mainstream sports after Major League Baseball’s investigation into anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. While Sonnen is unlikely to one of the MMA clients of the clinics, the cumulative bad press from the MLB scandal could negatively affect the commission.
UFC Fight Night 26 will take place August 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Sonnen and fellow light heavyweight Maurício “Shogun” Rua are supposed to face off in the main event. The card will also feature a bout between former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and Travis Browne. The event will help mark FOX Sport 1’s debut.