Well that didn’t take long, we mentioned earlier today that Chael Sonnen had flunked a second drug test. We didn’t think he’d be cut so quick from the UFC on Fox. Sonnen is quite insightful and his colorful commentary is money in the bank.
As a former BodogFight Fighter, we might have been a little bias towards Sonnen because it was announced today Sonnen was cut from both the UFC and Fox the Sports broadcast.
Sonnen announced his retirement from fighting after the first failed test, which he attributed to the drugs he was using to come off the testosterone replacement theory he was using. This time he was popped for HGH and EPO, which we assume, aren’t part of a doctor’s approved plan to come of the TRT.
Sonnen was a regular presence on FOX Sports-1 from the networks beginning and did regular analysis for FOX Sports when the UFC held fights on the main network. But the majority of his airtime come during “UFC Tonight” along with former fighter turned analyst Kenny Florian. No word on who the UFC will name to replace Sonnen on the show.
The UFC and Fox released a joint statement following the release:
“The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May.”
Sonnen was a polarizing figure in the world of mixed martial arts. He was a solid fighter amassing a record of 28-14-1 in his career. His professional wrestling type antics split the MMA world, some loved the theatrics while others felt it cheapened the sport and put it in the same realm as the WWE.
Sonnen is a sharp guy, highly entertaining. It will be interesting to see what his next move in the sport will be. Perhaps he could look at a job with ONE FC in Asia. He could join former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin who joined the company as a Vice President. But it’s clear Dana White’s dreams that Sonnen could take over the UFC one day likely won’t happen.