It’s T-Minus 13 days until Chael Sonnen gets his day in front of the CSAC to answer for his failed drug test and we’re starting to get some whiffs of what his defense is going to be. Dave Meltzer reports that Sonnen will tell them he’s ‘medically prescribed testosterone due to a low level in his system.’ German UFC commentator Oliver Copp adds this in a message board post:
These are the facts, as best I can ascertain.
– Sonnen is on Hormone Replacement Therapy.
– HRT is a “permanent therapy” and not something you do for three months and then are done with it.
– When he fought Okami in LA, Sonnen declared it, jumped through hoops and did the entire shebang.
– CSAC approved it.
– Sonnen came back to fight in Cali again and, since HRT is a permanent therapy and in his case had been approved by CSAC before, he didn’t think he’d have to jump through hoops AGAIN.
– Unbeknownst to him, CSAC had changed since his last fight in California and the new commission wanted to turn over a new leaf and be nothing like the commission of old.
Copp and Meltzer then went back and forth on HRT, with Copp implying that Matt Hughes is another athlete who has done it. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of HRT in MMA other than whispers a few years ago that Randy Couture was doing it and accusations that it was borderline performance enhancing. I have no idea what different commissions say or what the deal is, but it certainly is interesting to learn that hormone replacement therapy may not be as uncommon as you’d think in the UFC. The plot thickens…