Chael Sonnen made a statement during UFC Tonight concerning the use of TRT on Tuesday, and also confirmed that the new testing policies UFC president Dana White discussed recently are already in place.
“The testing has already started,” Sonnen said. “I can tell you first-hand, I have already been tested since this announcement.”
White spoke out during a press conference and stated that the UFC will test fighters who are on TRT during their training camps and not just days before they fight inside the Octagon. Such notables like Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Forrest Griffin and Frank Mir have all been granted exemptions for TRT in the past.
“I admire Dana on many levels,” Sonnen said. “For me, this is his crowning moment, both as a leader, but also with his integrity. You are never going to find a chief executive at any corporation – be it sport, business or otherwise – that shines a ling on his own organization and says, ‘We have a problem.’ We’re not talking about testosterone use, we’re talking about testosterone abuse.”
Sonnen is set for action this April against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.