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Vitor Belfort Not Injured, Will Fight Anderson Silva…CSAC Suspends Sonnen for One Year

After reports emerged in the last 2 days that Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his fight with Yushin Okami because of injury, Dana White tweets to the contrary.

The fighter that Belfort will be replacing, Chael Sonnen, is being suspended for one year. Via CSAC press release.

A sample from Sonnen’s August 6 drug test came back with a high T/E (testosterone-to-estrogen) level, which is indicative of anabolic steroid use. CSAC learned of the results September 2 and ordered a second test, which also came back positive for steroid use. CSAC received test results from the second sample on September 14 and suspended Sonnen two days later. He is suspended for one year. Sonnen has 30 days to appeal the decision.

“The use of anabolic steroids and other banned substances are not tolerated by the commission,” said CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd . “Anabolic agents put the health and safety of both the user and his opponents at risk.” Sonnen’s test was observed in the presence of a CSAC representative and the sample was sent to the World Anti-doping Agency test facility at the University of California , Los Angeles on August 6, 2010 for processing.

No word yet on when or where said title bout will take place, but my best guess would either be a New Year’s date or Super Bowl weekend. Although Belfort vs. Silva lacks the mainstream interest that Sonnen had created, so another major bout on the card is certainly needed now if they were to run with this on those dates. Yushin Okami vs. Nate Marquardt will go on as planned at UFC 122 in Germany to determine the next challenger.