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UFC and Fox Reportedly Part Ways with Chael Sonnen

MMAJunkie.com is reporting that both the UFC and Fox have parted ways with former UFC fighter and on-air personality Chael Sonnen.  The news comes just days after it was revealed that Sonnen failed a second drug test before announcing his retirement.

Neither the UFC or Fox have publicly announced that his release but the report states that should happen soon with the UFC expected to release a statement at any time.

Sonnen was scheduled to face Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 before Silva skipped out on a random drug test and was then taken out of the fight by the UFC with Vitor Belfort taking his place.

Then the news came that Sonnen had failed a drug test for banned substances which he says he was using to help deal with the affects of coming off TRT treatment.

Before he announced his retirement, Sonnen was given a second random drug test where he tested positive for both HGH and EPO.

Sonnen has not denied this and has even said that he has an explanation for these substances in his system. But those excuses have fallen on deaf ears in both the UFC and Fox with the backlash too great against him and what it would mean for either company to employ him after failing two drug tests.

Sonnen has been an analyst for Fox Sports 1 since the channel debuted nearly a year ago where his work was well received.  It had been expected that even while he was an active fighter that he would have a long broadcasting career for Fox and the UFC.

UPDATED: The UFC and Fox have released the following joint statement regarding Chael Sonnen:

Las Vegas, Nev. – The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.


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Brian is the owner and editor-in-chief of Between The Ropes. He has also covered wrestling and MMA for The Orlando Sentinel and AOL Fanhouse and currently is a contributor for Sporting News. You can email Brian at btrfritz@gmail.com.

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