When Testosterone Replacement Therapy was banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Chael Sonnen was one of a handful of of fighters under contract with the UFC. Sonnen underwent a medical program to wean himself from TRT, and restart the body's natural production of testosterone. Unfortunately, the drugs required to do so are themselves banned by the NSAC.
When a surprise, out of competition test revealed two illegal substances, Anastrozole and Clomiphene, his fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 was cancelled. The NSAC will now decide what punishment if any to mete out to The Gangster from Oregon, if any.
And in the meantime, Twitter reacted.
Kenny Florian @kennyflorian
One can't just come off of #TRT & be ready to compete. Isn't as easy of a process as people think. Medically ambitious expectation.
Tim Kennedy @TimKennedyMMA
It's pathetic to see ALL these guys failing these "random" drug tests. The majority of guys are using. With random tests you would see it.
Rosi Sexton @RosiSexton
In other news: bear defecates on tree-covered land; Pope linked to Catholicism.
Luke Rockhold @LukeRockhold
Will Vitor even pass his test that is the question?
Cody Bollinger @CodyBollinger
Let's just make two leagues. The juice heads who need PEDs and then the real athletes who just work hard without any PEDs. That's fair
Ben Askren @Benaskren
Chael, Vitor and Wanderlei clearly all using, put them in a three way last man standing match. Seems fair to me.
War Machine @WarMachine170
Wahhh, wahhh! All the pro athletes keep getting caught juicing, big whoop! Priests get caught raping, that's a bigger problem.
SONNEN: EU FUI PEGO NO DOPING 3 VEZES! E VC VITOR?hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!
(Translation: SONNEN: I was CAUGHT on DOPING 3 TIMES! And YOU VITOR? hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!)
MMA Roasted @MMARoasted
Dana White just cut the NSAC.
Brian Stann @BrianStann
Bottom line is that random testing is working! Details can be dealt w/ in hearings. Major advancements in sport’s testing
Greg Savage @TheSavageTruth
I love MMA, it's given me so much but that doesn't change the fact that it is embarrassing way too often. PED's are a problem, get it fixed.
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