NSAC suspends Chael Sonnen for UFC 175 failed drug test pending future disciplinary hearing

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Sonnen retired from active competition earlier this month, but will still return to face the music at a later date.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title contender and trash talker extraordinaire, Chael Sonnen, was summoned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) earlier today (June 17, 2014) to answer for a failed drug test that got him pulled from UFC 175, where he was supposed to take on Vitor Belfort.

The commission temporarily suspended the pride of West Linn, Oregon, and a future disciplinary hearing to determine his fate will take place at a later date.

Regardless of the outcome, the "American Gangster" had already retired from the sport just days ago; however, he will likely want to get this taken care of so that he can continue in combat sports as a cornerman, or in other competition-based roles that require a license from the commission.

Or if he ever decides to make a comeback.

The whole UFC 175 nightmare has been a messy ordeal to say the least, since Sonnen was slated to face Wanderlei Silva after their coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Brazil 3." Silva had ruined the plans for their meeting, no showing a pre-fight hearing in order to get licensed to fight in Nevada, which forced his exclusion from the much-anticipated grudge match against his American counterpart and hinted at "The Axe Murderer" ducking a drug test.

The Brazilian was not only mocked by Sonnen, but also replaced by Vitor Belfort, who stepped up to the plate, despite lingering issues of his own.

Details then emerged of a failed out-of-competition drug test on Sonnen's part, which saw his place on the UFC 175 card vanish as well. The American did admit to taking the banned substances, but stressed they were used only to improve fertility issues, as well as help him cycle off testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Sonnen failed a previous drug test back in 2010.

Shortly afterward, the organization pulled "The Phenom" from the card, and in conclusion, the whole scenario has been highly unfortunate in regards to the sport's drug issues.

The Oregon native walked away from the sport with a record of 28-14, including three unsuccessful attempts at claiming UFC gold.

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