Since the revelation of Chael Sonnen's multiple failed drug tests over the last month, one of the big questions has been if he will still compete in his scheduled grappling match with Andre Galvao at Metamoris 4. Metamoris Founder, Ralek Gracie released a statement that the bout would go ahead as planned.
Here's the statement:
We are not cutting Chael Sonnen from the Metamoris 4 card on August 9th.
Why not? Because we don't currently test for PED's and we are not an MMA organization. Metamoris is a grappling event with different rules and we require our own unique set of regulations for all aspects of participation.
We are concerned about the issue of PED's overall but we have a lot of research and work to do before accurately defining our stance. Due to the instability and controversy surrounding the regulaton of PED's we are taking our time to discover the best approach and fit for our organization.
Lastly, for the people who understand the level of opposition Chael is facing at Metamoris 4, his use of any suppliment [sic] or drug is not likely to provide any advantage whatsoever. Chael is a world class wrestler and MMA fighter and his participation is an exciting way for our fans to see something they don't normally see.
On a personal note, I disagree greatly that no drug could provide an advantage. We could debate if there's actually a legitimate advantage to strength in grappling competition--which HGH would provide--but, there's no debate over the idea of increased endurance as a benefit in such a competition. And that is exactly the kind of advantage that EPO would provide for Sonnen.
This reads like a rubber stamp for Sonnen to enter the competition on whatever drugs he sees fit. Not that he wouldn't have anyway if history is any indication.