At a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing this afternoon, former UFC star Chael Sonnen received a two year suspension along with paying the cost and analysis of the drug tests that were administered to him, agreeing not to fight in any other jurisdiction for his two-year ban and acting as an educator to the NSAC and fellow fighters on the issue of performance-enhancing drugs. The commission didn’t fine Sonnen, but could have in an excess of $250,000.
“Today is the day for him to take responsibility for cheating,” NSAC chair Francisco Aguilar said. “It’s not a time to hide behind false excuses. I think a great penalty is warranted here for the sake of a clean sport.” Commissioner Anthony A. Marnell III, who a former minor league baseball player wanted to impose a lifetime ban for Sonnen, but said he would support whatever decision his fellow commissioners decided on.
Sonnen failed two drugs tests, which the first test was administered on the weekend of May 24 in Las Vegas and then failed the second test on June 5 in his home state of Oregon. The former three-time UFC title tested positive for the drugs anastrozole, clomifene, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin. Sonnen admitted to the NSAC that he was guilty of everything.
“I don’t want to say anything that comes off as an excuse because I’m guilty. I’m ashamed,” Sonnen stated.