White: Both Sonnen & NSAC to blame for failed test


Earlier today it was revealed that Chael Sonnen had tested positive for banned substances and was removed from a UFC 175 scheduled with Vitor Belfort.

Tonight UFC President Dana White joined 'America's Pregame' on Fox Sports to comment on the situation, placing blame not only on Sonnen, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission as well:

UFC president Dana White on if he was shocked by the positive drug test results: “My reaction isn’t shock. This has been lingering. This stuff was legal. TRT was legal and then the Nevada State Athletic Commission said, ‘It’s illegal now, it’s got to go away.’ But, there are going to be effects of stopping this thing cold turkey. It just doesn’t work that way.”

White on if this positive drug test implies other athletes are on drugs: “Nobody is on it. Just to clear the air here, nobody is on TRT. And, we only had five guys out of over 500 that were ever on TRT, and it was absolutely legal. And then the [Nevada] Athletic Commission changed the ruling and said, ‘It is now a banned substance, you cannot take it.’ There are only really two of our big stars that are dealing with the effects of TRT - Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort. This thing has been bad since day one and I wish that the Commission never let anybody use TRT. They didn’t go a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off of it. When you get off of it, you don’t just go cold turkey, there are things that you have to do. If they don’t take these estrogen blockers, they can get side effects from it. Chael Sonnen is at this point in his life and his career, where he got married and was trying to have children and he was on medicine to help with fertility and have a baby. This is between Chael and the Commission, but the rules should have been laid out better when they said that’s it, it’s over. Because here is the big problem, too: even when it was legal, the Athletic Commission and all of the doctors were never on the same with page with the [testosterone] ratios and all of these other things. It was always a nightmare, so it had to go away. I’m glad it’s gone and we’re just dealing with all of the aftermath.”

White on who’s at fault - Sonnen or the Nevada Athletic Commission: “Both are at fault. I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission could have laid it out better for how they were going to end this thing. What would be banned and what wouldn’t be banned for the guys coming down off of it. But again, it’s a matter of them not being very educated on TRT. It’s the thing that made this whole thing impossible anyway. And it’s Chael’s fault too, because Chael should have called the Athletic Commission and said, ‘This is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off of this stuff, so here is what I’m taking.’ He absolutely should have done that. Because Chael had conversations with his doctors and he’s looking at this thing like, ‘I shouldn’t be in a situation where I have to choose between either my job and the sport and my health, my life outside of fighting.’ And he’s right about that.”

White on if the UFC has been doing enough to deal with drugs in the sports: “For us, we’ve been the guys who have taken the drug testing head on. We’ve worked with the athletic commissions to take out-of-competition testing. We are paying big money for some of these guys to be tested. Jon Jones wanted Glover [Teixeira] and him to be tested all the through the lead up to their last fight and we paid for that, too. There’s nobody out there that’s doing more for testing than we are. And this whole thing that was blown out of proportion by the story that ESPN did where they said, ‘These [testosterone] exemptions were rampant throughout mixed martial arts,’ there were only five guys out of 500 that had testosterone exemptions.”


tags: Chael Sonnen (detail)  Dana White   NSAC   Nevada   

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kevsh site profile image  

6/11/14 3:19 PM by kevsh

This quote from MMA Junkie is one of many that show Chael isn't telling the whole truth, he's just a master at spinning things:Regarding the list of banned substances:"... you could just follow the news closely enough (as you'd assume a "UFC Tonight" employee might) to hear that another fighter just got popped for using the same drug you're using, and in the same state, and that should maybe raise a red flag or two"I.e. There's no excuse for Sonnen not being aware what he was taking was banned. If he needed it, then don't accept the fight against Wanderlei/Vitor until you're clean.Don't let Chael fool you boys and girls, he had many ways to go about this and, as someone's who has been caught doping before, he took the absolutely worst route and got busted.

anix site profile image  

6/11/14 3:10 PM by anix

Wasnt it 17:1?Also the T/E2 ratio at 20 isnt very high actually bit low.

boneskodaiceman site profile image  

6/11/14 11:15 AM by boneskodaiceman

Uh so? They are banned. Just like weed. Jesus are American kids really this stupid?

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6/11/14 11:14 AM by boneskodaiceman

So now that Sonnen has failed not one but two urine tests, it isn't necessarily his fault but also that of the Commission?But didn't the UFC also ban these substances?I understand being a promoter, but this Dana White character is starting to make Don King look like a nice and rational guy.

ender852 site profile image  

6/11/14 11:06 AM by ender852

you can't trust a word coming out of dana's mouth these days

Don_Dada site profile image  

6/11/14 9:55 AM by Don_Dada

Dana pretty much came out and said Vitor could juice as much as he liked while he was out of competition and didn't have a fight lined up. That's called enabling. I really have to wonder if after all those so called tests that they done to Belfort while he was down in Brazil wheel kicking dudes unconscious if he was really testing negative. I honestly can't trust Zuffa one bit now, he could have been failing left and right and they would keep it quiet. Just like they did Forrest vs Anderson. 

Don_Dada site profile image  

6/11/14 9:51 AM by Don_Dada

Is anyone even shocked about Zuffa standing up for Chael after the whole Belfort fiasco? it's not a good road to go down for them. Will bite them in the ass very soon.

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6/11/14 9:47 AM by LonelyMan

I agree. What is wrong with him?

StratTone site profile image  

6/11/14 9:44 AM by StratTone

I thought the same thing when I saw it. No telling what it is but looks like stress or possibly just sick.