UFC and FOX Sports terminate Chael Sonnen’s broadcasting contract

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In light of testing positive for a total of four banned substances in random drug tests with the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), Chael Sonnen’s contract with the UFC and FOX Sports has been terminated.

The self-proclaimed “Godfather of Integrity” will no longer serve as part of the UFC’s broadcast team on FOX Sports. Sonnen had been working on the broadcast desk alongside Kenny Florian, Rashad Evans and other fighters as part of the UFC Tonight hosts. He also commentated on several fight cards which aired on the FOX network.

In May, Sonnen received a fight license from the NSAC for UFC 175. A former testosterone replacement therapy recipient, an exemption that the NSAC banned, Sonnen told the commission at that meeting he was in full compliance with the new rules.

Ahead of his planned matchup against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175, Chael Sonnen was tested twice by NSAC. In his first test administered on May 24, two banned substances known as anastrolzole and clomiphene, were found in his system. He tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), anastrolzole, and human chorionic gonadotrophin in a second test conducted on June 5.

Following the announcement of his first failed drug test, Sonnen retired from his 17-year MMA career.

Now, Sonnen has been released from his broadcasting duties and will no longer serve as one of the personalities representing the organization on FOX. The UFC released an official statement to media regarding the news:

“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.”

At the next NSAC meeting on July 23, the commission will update Sonnen’s case file to include the new test results and are expected to discuss further repercussions.

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