UFC Middleweight contender Chael Sonnen took to the airwaves last night on his weekly "Chael's Corner" segment on Fuel TV's UFC Tonight to lambaste the MMA media and defend heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem. Overeem, who failed a surprise urine test administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on March 27th following a press conference in Las Vegas, has been under a cloud of controversy following the release of the test results which showed a grossly elevated testosterone/epitestosterone (T:E) ratio of 14:1.
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Sonnen waxed eloquent (transcribed by MMA Mania):
"Congratulations to MMA media, right when I think you're incompetence can't get to any higher level, the Alistair Overeem story comes out. You kids on the interweb, running your little 'dot com's' from the couch in your mother's basement, you beneficiaries of Mark Cuban's tax write-off, you've gone and screwed up the Alistair Overeem case, beyond belief. Is it repairable? I doubt it."
Sonnen is expected to face MW champ Anderson Silva at UFC 147 in June in Brazil. Overeem, should the NSAC license him to fight at his April 24th hearing, is expected to face Heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 in May.
Read the rest of his comments and see the video after the jump...
"Hey. If I'm a member of the media and someone tells me that Alistair Overeem failed a drug test, the very first thing I'm going to say is: ‘Really? What substance did he test positive for?' Now, you see, those basic questions are where the wheels begin to fall off the bus to this entire story. Alistair Overeem did not test positive for anything. End of story. So why is his name getting drug through the mud? Why are they saying, 'Well, he's got an elevated T-to-E ratio. Ok, fair enough. Let's say his T-to-E ratio is outside the norm. That's not illegal. That's outside the norm. That's a red flag. That is a red flag, and Alistair will owe an explanation. If it's not against the rules, why are we having this conversation? MMA Media: Ya failed! It reminds me of a time when Ronald Reagan was President, and somebody in his cabinet had to stand trial. He gets acquitted and he says, 'Well, great. I've won the trial, but who do I see to get my reputation back?'"
Sonnen, of course, infamously tested positive for an elevated T:E ratio following his UFC 117 loss to Anderson Silva. He fought the ensuing suspension by claiming that he had a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). That is the same line of defense that Overeem is expected to attempt before the NSAC.
Kenny Florian, one of the hosts of the show replied:
"If you have common sense, you realize that is not a normal ratio. A male's normal ratio of testosterone-to-epitestosterone is 1-to-1. You have the Nevada State Athletic Commission that allows you to have a 6-to-1 ratio. Overeem's ratio is 14-to-1. How does it get there? Did it just happen, out of the blue? Is this guy just more superhuman than everybody else out there? No. That's happening because he's taking something. Alright? That's the only way you get there. You know, we'd all love to take this stuff. But what it does is, it gives you an unfair advantage because you can train harder, you can train longer, you can recover faster. To me, maybe I can get another 20 fights under my belt if I take this stuff, but I can't. I'm not gonna use it to fight another human. I think it's unfair. Something's going on there. At the end of the day, there is gonna be a legal meeting to determine whether Overeem fights or not. But, it's obvious -- he's taking something."