After it was announced yesterday that former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-14-1) had failed a recent NSAC random drug test, he has today announced his retirement from competitive mixed martial arts.
Check out the video above for his full announcement, and some of the key quotes from it below.
“I want to officially announce my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts,”
“I do want to admit fault, I want to make sure I’m taking full responsibility. Yesterday, when I came out, I was mad and I was a fighter and I went into defence mode. However, ultimately the rules are the rules. I understand that, and I’m a rules guy. I don’t want to break the rules. Ultimately, it comes down to the athlete to make sure he’s in compliance. That’s a big list. I’ve studied this for three years, and I’ve gotten conflicting reports time and time again through studying this and through being part of it. I’m not sure today I’m any closer getting a strange hold than when I began 36 months ago. I’m doing the best I can.”
“I actually take responsibility, I am well-aware, as is my management team, that we do need to talk to a commission. This was out-of-competition testing. This has never been done before to me. I’m only the third athlete ever that’s had to go through this so there are some moving parts and there is a little bit of a learning curve. There’s also a bit of expectation on my behalf that the commission will understand as I’m transitioning off testosterone, as we’ve talked about a number of times right here on the show, that I’m going to have to take different supplements.”