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Report: Sonnen told CSAC prior to UFC 117 fight he had taken PEDs

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The Chael Sonnen drug test failure drama has taken yet another twist.

Monday evening, it was revealed that Sonnen tested positive for abnormally high levels of testosterone in his UFC 117 drug test. What is of more interest is that he told California State Athletic Commission officials that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs.

SI.com's Josh Gross reports:

Sonnen, 33, of West Lind, Ore., was apparently concerned enough about the possibility that he would render a positive test that he told CSAC executive director George Dodd he used an illegal performance enhancing drug leading up to the biggest fight of his life.

"He only indicated that he was taking it but he never indicated why," Dodd said of a conversation he and Sonnen shared during drug testing conducted by the state a day prior to the fight.

Sonnen "just let me know he was taking [something] and that's when I called over an inspector to get it documented. But when you do take it you still have to show a medical reason."

Gross reports Sonnen has 30 days to file an appeal with the commission or will face an automatic one-year suspension and a $2,500 fine.

The report continues:

Though Sonnen mentioned using an illegal substance, the veteran mixed martial artist failed to note it on a pre-fight questionnaire with commission doctors or provide documentation about the use of testosterone in a medical context, according to Dodd.

"Whenever you're taking an enhancing drug you have to let the commission know prior to even taking the test that you're taking, and what the medical reasons are why you're taking the drug," Dodd said. "That way we can verify with our commission doctors that the reason you're taking that is the reason you should be on that type of drug. You can't just come in and say, 'Hey, I'm taking this,' and think that's going to get you off."

This thing is just getting starting.