UFC President Dana White wasn't kidding when he said there was no such thing as an automatic rematch.
Chael Sonnen, the little contender that could, may miss out on his second shot at UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva in early 2011 if his suspension from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is upheld.
As we reported back on Sept. 19, the mouthy ex-politician was popped for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) in a test administered prior to last month's UFC 117: "Silva vs. Sonnen" title fight at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Now the LA Times has revealed that Sonnen's pre-fight drug test, obtained from a urine sample that was processed through the UCLA Olympic drug-testing lab, returned a positive result for steroids and could land the trash-talking Realtor a one-year ban from the fight game and a $2,500 fine.
Now before we storm the castle with pitchforks and torches, it's important to note that Sonnen has a right to appeal the findings and a final decision regarding his test result has not been made. Still, if history is any indication, the wrestler has a long and uphill battle to clear his name and get back into the thick of things.
At this time, there has still been no comment from either Sonnen or the UFC regarding the CSAC's findings. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more on this breaking story as it develops.