UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen 'feeling more positive than panicked' while cycling off TRT

Jonathan Ferrey

"The American Gangster" is less than three weeks away from completing a 60-day program designed to end his testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

"I do feel a little bit different but I feel very encouraged with the new path we're taking. I'm feeling more positive than panicked. At first, I felt panic. My panic is going away, and I'm seeing some optimism, but I'm not through it yet. To be candid with you, if I find something and it works and I go, 'Oh, my goodness, I can't believe this works,' I don't think I would share it. I think it would be a competitive edge and competitive secret as much as anything else. As long as it's within the rules, that's what I'd try to do."

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Chael Sonnen, like Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort, was left without a seat when the music stopped in Nevada, thanks to a ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) that caught on with other commissions. That forced "The American Gangster" to make the choice between cycling off or hanging up the gloves -- the latter or which became a real possibility. Fortunately, his desire to beat the brakes off fellow Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3" coach Wanderlei Silva prevailed, and Sonnen began a 60-day program to expunge the leftover treatment from his system. Will it work? We don't know for sure just yet, but the former middleweight number one contender tells FOX Sports he's feeling optimistic as the clock winds down. And you can bet "The Axe Murderer" is hoping that Sonnen 2.0 is just a shell of his former self when they lock horns in the co-main event of UFC 175 on July 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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