Chael Sonnen got pulled from UFC 175 because he pissed hot in a random drug test. It gets funny, here. Chael's initial opponent, Wanderlei Silva, was pulled from the event because he left town rather than give a piss test - and then Chael publicly mocked Silva's flight, calling him a cheating drug user. Funny stuff.
It comes from comedy into farce because this isn't the first time Sonnen has failed a drug test. After Sonnen's first loss to Anderson Silva, Sonnen was popped in a drug test and suspended by the California State Athletic Commission. The hearings were a riot as Sonnen claimed to have never gone through puberty, you had the quack doctor, crocodile tears, you name it - it was like a soap opera.
The big lie he told, though, was that he told the Nevada State Athletic Commission that he was using testosterone replacement. He never told them that - or at least he was never able to produce any documents saying he did, and the then director of the NSAC testified that Sonnen has never gotten any medical use exemptions for testosterone replacement.
Around the same time, he got a suspended sentence for real estate fraud - he was taking kickbacks. The guy is a real charmer. A real honest character.
In a spiral of weirdness, UFC president Dana White condemned both Sonnen and the NSAC. Sonnen for breaking the rules but the majority of his hectoring was over the NSAC providing no guidelines for athletes coming off of testosterone replacement that had been approved in previous years.
I'm sure that one baffles the NSAC because there is a standard in place for that kind of thing - you don't apply for a license to fight until you're clean. Lots of people use lots of drugs that are forbidden in the context of an athletic contest. Painkillers given to soothe an injury are illegal to use in competition - so you don't apply to fight until that stuff is out of your system. AND you report your use of it to the commission when the time comes, which Sonnen also failed to do.
Unlike many other athletes who are two time drug cheats, Sonnen will not be fired from the UFC. Dana White likes the guy too much, and he's a big draw, as well. Somehow, after losing a title shot to Anderson Silva - again - he managed to talk his way into a championship fight at higher weight class! Dana White said he was sending a message to the people who said they needed a full training camp to fight Jon Jones, the best mixed martial artist now fighting . . . even though Dan Henderson, who was a legitimate contender, was trying to book the fight.
Chael Sonnen is a real life lesson, though. The message is clear - if you're a good-looking white Republican man, you can lie, cheat and steal and be rewarded for it.