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Report: UFC contender Sonnen tests positive for performance-enhancers
Posted on Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 7:34 pm
by IDMA Editor

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Chael Sonnen failed state-mandated drug tests after his near-upset of champion Anderson Silva last month, the head of the California State Athletic Commission told

Photo Chael Sonnen by Jeff Chiu, AP

Sonnen was told Friday he did not pass his post-fight screening at UFC 117 on Aug. 7, CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd told Sherdog. He did not specify which drug showed up in Sonnen's test, but said all fighters were cleared for so-called drugs of abuse, which leaves performance enhancers.

If the report holds up, it would be the fourth UFC title fight that has seen at least one competitor failed a post-fight drug test.

Josh Barnett was stripped of his UFC belt after a positive test for steroids in 2002, following his championship win over Randy Couture in Nevada. Tim Sylvia yielded his title in 2003 because of a positive test in Nevada following his win over Gan McGee. Post-fight tests in California found the presence of steroids in Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca after their 2007 title fight.

California has been among the most aggressive states when it comes to pursuing tests for banned substances. Of 31 fighters who have tested positive for steroids from 2002 to mid-2009, California regulators fingered 20 of them, according to's list.

In the past California has issued suspensions of one year to 21 months for positive drug tests, although the state commission has occasionally reduced them to six months on appeal. UFC has been planning on a rematch between Sonnen and Silva early next year.

Sonnen controlled Silva for four-and-a-half rounds at UFC 117 before the champion caught him with a triangle choke/armbar submission with less than two minutes remaining. The No. 1 contender moved himself into the spotlight this year with a combination of victories over notable rivals such as Nate Marquardt and a deliberate campaign of trash talking to draw attention.

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