UFC fighter Chael Sonnen retires after drug test flub

Chael Sonnen, seen here during an April 2012 press conference for his fight with Anderson Silva, has formally announced his retirement after failing an out-of-competition performance enhancing drugs test. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA MANILA, Philippines – Days after news broke in that he had failed a random drug test last month in Las Vegas, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is hanging his gloves following 17 years of time in mixed martial arts. Sonnen broke the news from his analyst’s chair during the latest edition of UFC Tonight on Thursday morning (PHI Time). “I want to take an possibility to officially announce my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts,” he said. Reportedly the test conducted by the NV State Athletic Commission (NSAC), the banned substances Anastrozole & Clomiphene were found in the system of the 37-year-old West Linn, Oregon native. Anastrozole is typically utilized to treat & prevent early stages of breast cancer, while Clomiphene is mainly used for cases involving female infertility. The former NCAA Division I wrestler cited health concerns as the reason behind his decision to undergo the medicinal practice & pointed out in that the positive results were a product of him taking fertility medication to assist taper off the testosterone replacement therapy. NSAC voted unanimously last February 27 to prohibit therapeutic-use exemptions for the aforementioned treatment, which affected potential first-time applicants as well as previous users, who would not be granted new exceptions when they apply for a renewed permit to compete in the state. “This was out-of-competition testing. This has never happened to me. …

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