Tomorrow, UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will make his appeal to the California State Athletic Commission concerning his failed drug test from UFC 117. Sonnen registered higher than normal levels of testosterone following his title fight loss to champion Anderson Silva and has since kept uncharacteristically mum. Though Sonnen himself has not shed any light on the situation, MMAFighting.com pored over several pages of documents released by the CSAC detailing their case against Sonnen and wrote of the most significant.
It has recently been indicated by several media outlets that Sonnen is planning to base his defense on the fact that he is currently undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, which require he take regular doses of testosterone. The CSAC has since countered that defense, saying that although TRT is allowed, a competitor must provide sufficient evidence of its necessity and thereby clear it with each state athletic commission prior to each bout before which TRT was undergone. There exists some discrepancy over whether or not Sonnen went through the proper channels to get his TRT cleared and even still, an athlete is not allowed to register higher than normal levels of testosterone–which Sonnen did.
According to MMAFighting, Sonnen did list “1 shot” of testosterone under the section of the urine sample form that asks what medications or substances, if any, have been recently ingested by the athlete. In addition to the testosterone shot, Sonnen listed varying doses of Aspirin, multivitamins, vitamin C, iron and Advil as substances he had recently ingested.
After reviewing Sonnen’s urine sample, it was found that his epitestosterone level was much higher than that which is naturally found in the human body; Sonnen’s sample registered at 16.9, while the “threshold ratio” is 4.0.
Sonnen has hired Howard Jacobs, a lawyer best known for trying the cases of athletes who have failed performance enhancing drug tests, to fight the CSAC’s findings and the sentence which he was handed–a year-long suspension and $2,500.00 fine.