After today’s UFC 119 pre-fight press conference had concluded, UFC President Dana White spoke about number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s recently failed performance enhancing drug test. White addressed the issue and, for his part, said that he plans to let the California State Athletic Commission take care of Sonnen’s punishment.
“Here’s the thing you guys have got to understand. I’ve been in this business for 10 years. I’ve been in the fight business since I was 19,” White said. “There’s a lot of stuff you guys don’t know. Every day, when my big toe hits the floor and I get out of bed, that sh*t happens. I have to deal with it. It’s no different than any other day. Am I disappointed? Yes, absolutely,”
White told the reporters who stuck around that he really doesn’t have much to do with this entire process, if anything at all. The UFC boss revealed that the CSAC is going to handle the situation and hand down the punishment they deem most appropriate, all without any input from himself.
“The big misconception is that Dana tells the athletic commission this and that,” he said. “I don’t tell the athletic commission jack sh*t. The athletic commission could give a flying rat’s a*s what I think or what I have to say. They oversee me. They tell me what I’ve got to do. I have to sit back now and see what’s going to happen.”
It is within White’s power to punish Sonnen outside of what the CSAC will do; in fact, he has a variety of options available to him should he see fit to make an example of the hard-nosed Oregonian fighter. In White’s own words though, there isn’t much more he could do to a fighter who has tested positive that isn’t already being done to him.
“The government will come in. They’ll test these guys. You get yourself busted for taking whatever it was you were taking, marijuana, or some illegal substance. Here’s what I’m going to do (if I’m the commission),” White said. “I’m going to take away your ability to work for a year. You can’t make a living for a year. Then on top of that I’m going to make you pay a fine from this fight you were having. Most of these fighters—that money that they had from their fight—that’s already spent. I’m going to buy this and I’m going to do that. Plus, the tax on that money. They’re going to get taxed on that money and they have to pay that fine. You don’t realize how devastating it is. They’ve already been punished. They’re down and out. What am I going to do? Go over and kick them in the face? What else is there to do? I’m going to fine you and suspend you for another three months? The government is the commissioner!”