According to MMAFighting.com, UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has filed an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission concerning his recent failed performance enhancing drug test and the appeal will be heard by the commission this December 2nd.
CSAC Executive Director George Dodd recently confirmed the news with MMAJunkie.
Sonnen registered higher-than-normal levels of testosterone when tested as part of a standard pre-fight screening prior to his UFC 117 title shot against Anderson “The Spider” Silva. After his original test results came back positive, the CSAC ordered another round of testing be performed at the University of California, Los Angeles Olympic Analytical Laboratory, where the original results were confirmed.
Sonnen faces a year-long suspension and a $2,500 fine if his appeal is not granted. According to Dodd, the Oregonian fighter indicated to himself and other testing officials that he had taken something that could trigger a positive result; but his downfall came in not reporting the medical reason that would necessitate the ingestion of such substances.
The Team Quest member fought Silva over the majority of five rounds on August 7th in Oakland, California and looked to be well on his way to becoming the next UFC middleweight champion before Silva snatched a fight-ending triangle choke late in the fifth round. Sonnen was granted an immediate rematch with “The Spider” but was forced out of the bout and replaced by Vitor Belfort when news of his positive PED test broke.