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UPDATED: Sonnen tests positive for PEDs following UFC 117

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In a shocking turn of events more than a month following the show, reports that Chael Sonnen has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug following his UFC 117 loss to Anderson Silva.

"[Sonnen] received his notice yesterday," (California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer George) Dodd told shortly after the Shane Mosley-Sergio Mora boxing match ended Saturday night in Los Angeles.

In a conversation the day before, Dodd declined to comment on the situation, other than answering that all fighters from UFC 117 had passed drugs-of-abuse scans, but that the commission was still waiting on performance-enhancing drug screens from the event.

Dodd did not state which banned substance was red-flagged, but with a clean drugs-of-abuse scan it is clear the positive test was for a performance-enhancing substance.

This is a unbelievable development in the great saga of this fight. Already one of the most talked about fights in MMA history from the moment it was announced, through the fight itself and then after, this news adds just another twist to it.

Of course, this likely puts a halt to the planned rematch between Sonnen and Silva. Sonnen can appeal whatever suspension he will be given.

I know from reading all your comments here that Chael Sonnen isn't the most well-liked fighter in this community due to his antics. What do you guys think about this news?

[UPDATED by Matt Bishop, 9/19/10 2:56 p.m. ET]: Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has more from UFC president Dana White:

Dana White this morning said he's still waiting to hear details of what happened involving Chael Sonnen and the reported positive drug test from the Aug. 8 fight with Anderson Silva in Oakland.

White said he had not heard from the athletic commission, nor heard any story from Sonnen, but said, "It's in the government's hands right now."

If Sonnen tests positive and is suspended, White said they would have to make a decision on what to do next in the middleweight division.


"Every day when I wake up, something bad happens. This one's public," said White. He didn't want to say more about Sonnen until finding out more facts of the situation, but did say this one was devastating.