UFC fighter to appeal result of drug test

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:23 PM ET

Top UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will appeal the result of his failed drug test.

Sonnen tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug following his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in Oakland, Calif., last month.

The 33-year-old fighter was informed of the positive result last weekend. His manager, Mike Roberts, announced Tuesday that Sonnen would file an appeal with the California State Athletic Commission.

"It is our policy not to comment on pending actions by the Athletic Commission," Roberts told MMMFighting.com. "Chael is consulting with his legal advisors and physicians and will have a statement in the near future. Chael will file an appeal with the CSAC and looks forward to working with the Commission to resolve this matter."

Sonnen is facing an automatic one-year suspension and $2,500 US fine after testing positive for "abnormally high" levels of testosterone, according to the CSAC. He has 30 days to formally file his appeal, which would be heard at the next commission meeting Dec. 2 in Sacramento.

Silva and Sonnen were expected to meet in a rematch in January but that title bout is now in jeopardy of being cancelled. In their first meeting in August, Sonnen battered Silva for the first four rounds before tapping out midway through the final round.

CSAC executive director George Dodd told SI.com Sonnen informed him the day before the fight with Silva that he was taking a PED but did not offer a medical reason for it.

"(Sonnen) just let me know he was taking (something) and that's when I called over an inspector to get it documented," Dodd told SI.com. "But when you do take it you still have to show a medical reason."

Dodd added that Sonnen wrote on a pre-fight screening form that he used "testosterone" but the CSAC could not prevent him from fighting due to one of its regulations that PED use must be confirmed by a laboratory.


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