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NAC grants Chael Sonnen exemption for testosterone use

The Nevada Athletic Commission cleared the path for UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen to challenge divisional champion Anderson Silva at UFC 148 after the regulatory board approved his request for an exemption pertaining to bi-weekly injections of testosterone. Sonnen met with the NAC yesterday where he detailed his need for Testosterone Replacement Therapy, saying he’d been undergoing treatment since 2008 but didn’t report it until recently because his former manager led him to believe he was already in the clear.

As part of this week’s agreement Sonnen will be subject to increased testing leading up to the July 7 headliner, as well as a screening the day after the fight, in order to assure he is not exceeding the mandated ratio.

The 35-year old also agreed to the NAC’s request for him to serve as an adviser in future instances relating to TRT.

Sonnen’s name first came up in connection with testosterone after his bout with Silva in August 2010 when he tested positive for elevated levels and received a yearlong suspension as a result.


  • Rece Rock says:

    “The 35-year old also agreed to the NAC’s request for him to serve as an adviser in future instances relating to TRT.”

    I don’t know what’s more unfucking believable the NAC or Sonnen ?!?

    Now I can see why this guy was in realestate. He could probably sell water to a whale.

  • MCM says:

    Great use of that Silva pic, Brendhan.

  • Lord Faust says:

    As noted in my essay-length rant on the Diaz thread, the NSAC is a joke. Actually, no they’re a travesty, as jokes are funny.

  • Kamakosmo says:

    And Diaz is banned for 1 year because of Metachlorines they found in his system (is he a Jedi??)

  • Lord Faust says:

    The NSAC – a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Wow. Just wow. So Diaz gets a year for smoking a joint after training one night and Sonnen gets to use TRT for muscle and endurance and gets a job on the commission?

    I just can’t understand how one can be legal and the other not.

    Blows my mind.

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Don’t think there is anything wrong with TRT if it is legalized for competition just don’t get the anti-pot bias.

  • Lord Faust says:

    TRT needs way more oversight than is financially / logistically possible.

    I’m beginning to get more and more fed up with it.

    If Sonnen used his TRT to stay at normal levels, he would not need a TUE from the NSAC. The TUE merely provides protection in the event they find synthetic testosterone in your system. What the NSAC has already stated is that they don’t test for synthetic testosterone unless you exceed the limits. So, why bother?

  • Sykotick says:

    Ok TRT is LEGAL, pot is NOT. People need to stop with this “Charla gets a pass and Diaz gets a year” stuff cuz that’s what it is, a black and white issue. I could give less then 2 bits a shit if pot SHOULD be legal or what anyone’s thoughts are as far as what it helps or hinders, pot is illegal therefore the professional thing for a fighter to do is not be on illegal substances or risk getting popped for a year. Open and shut.

  • Niv says:

    I personally couldn’t care less about pot issues, it is illegal and as such if you’re caught using it suffer the consequences. Nick Diaz knew what would happen if he was caught and still did it. I was really hoping Diaz would win the fight and give us fans a great fight with GSP, however we know what happened.

    Having said that, this TRT issue is insane! It in my opinion is legalized cheating and needs to go away period. If you are a 35 year old athlete and you say your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, well guess what your body is saying you need another job!

    I am a Dan Henderson fan and have always loved watching him fight, but I find his recent wins need to have an aterix attached to them. Dan Henderson is more dangerous now on TRT than he was when he was fighting in Pride, the proofs in the pudding and needs to be re-examined.

    You have a guy like Shogun going through injury after injury and he trains hard to get in shape, then he runs into a guy jacked on TRT and has a tougher fight with the guy at 40+ years old than if he faced him 7 years ago, huh?

  • Lord Faust says:

    The Diaz issue concerns the NSAC’s inability to decide what he did wrong, and their inability to back up their claims.

    They test did not prove Nick was high during the fight; it is not designed to. They are separate issues, Diaz and Sonnen, but both overseen by the same incompetent regulatory body.

  • adamsfamily says:

    Shogun was a warrior in that henderson fight. will always tune in to watch him. As niv says – he certainly looks physically clean, and he doesnt have the best genetics in the world, but battles through injuries and although we never know which version of him will make it to the octagon on the night – you know he will lay it on the line.

    TRT is bollocks (!)


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