UFC: Chael Sonnen announces retirement from MMA

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC middleweight / light heavyweight star, Chael Sonnen announces retirement via UFC Tonight.

Yesterday's MMA media waves were filled with the unfortunate news of UFC star, Chael Sonnen's drug test failure stemming from a random test administered on May 23. Subsequently, he was removed from the upcoming UFC 175 card where he would have faced Vitor Belfort in the main event. Sonnen gave his explanation to Jay Mohr later in the afternoon, and then again on FOX Sports 1's America's Pregame show.

Now, in another twist of this story, Chael has just announced his retirement from mixed martial arts a few moments ago on UFC Tonight. The move is not a surprising one, and he will retire with a record of 28-14-1. His last fight, against Rashad Evans, was a first round loss. The UFC remains optimistic about finding Belfort a replacement for the July 5th bout.

According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Vitor Belfort won't fight at UFC 175 given the UFC's inability to get him a new opponent.

We'll keep our readers up to date with any future breaking news on this story.

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