The UFC and Fox dropped the ax on Chael Sonnen. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Fox Sports terminated their respective broadcasting services agreements with former title contender and analyst Chael Sonnen.
The organizations announced the move in a joint statement on June 30, roughly 48 hours after reports surfaced that Sonnen had failed a second random drug test in the span of two months. Sonnen allegedly failed a second drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Among the banned substances were reported to be human growth hormone, recombinant human erythropoietin and human chorionic gonadotropin.
“This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June,” the statement read. “Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.”
Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA on June 11, one day after it was revealed he tested positive for two illegal substances: Anastrozole, which is typically used to treat and prevent early stages of breast cancer, and Clomiphene, which is primarily used for cases involving female infertility.
The polarizing Sonnen remains a hot topic on the Sherdog.net forums: