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Dana White: Chael Sonnen And Nevada Athletic Commission To Blame For Drug Test Failure


UFC president Dana White was interviewed by Fox Sports 1 earlier today regarding the drug test failure of company star Chael Sonnen.

It was revealed earlier today that Sonnen tested positive for the illegal drugs, Anastrozole and Clomiphene during a Nevada State Athletic Commission ordered random drug test last month.

White in an interview on the Fox Sports 1 show, “America’s Pregame”, was asked what his reaction was to Sonnen’s failed drug test.

“My reaction isn’t shock,” UFC President Dana White said on the show. “This has been lingering. This stuff was legal. TRT was legal, then the Nevada State Athletic Commission said it’s illegal now, it’s gotta go away, but there’s gonna be effects of stopping this thing cold turkey. It just doesn’t work that way.

“I wish that the commission never let anybody use TRT, and when it went away, they didn’t do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off of it. When you get off it, you don’t just go cold turkey. There’s things you’ve got to do. If you don’t take these estrogen blockers, they can get side effects from it. Chael Sonnen is at a point in his life, in his career, where he got married, he’s trying to have children. He was on medicine to get fertile and have a baby, and his wife is now pregnant so it worked. This is between Chael and the commission, but the rules should’ve been laid out better when they said ‘that’s it, it’s over.”

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Later in the interview, White was asked who was to blame for the positive drug test. White pulled no punches in his response.

“Both are at fault,” the UFC President said. “I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission could’ve 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 it. Again, it’s a matter of, they’re not very educated on TRT. It’s the thing that’s made this whole thing impossible.

“Anyway, it’s Chael fault too because Chael should’ve called the athletic commission and said, ‘this is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off this stuff, so here’s what I’m taking.’ He absolutely should’ve done that.”

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About Steve Muehlhausen

Steven was a featured UFC columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for MMASucka.com. He was also the host of the MMA show "The Fight Club Chicago" which aired for three years at various websites. You can email Steve at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.

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