It's no secret that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) staple and FOX Sports analyst Chael Sonnen has had his fair share of trouble with banned substances throughout his roller coaster combat sports career.
"American Gangster" has failed multiple athletic commission-administered drug tests, one that most recently detonated his professional career as he knows it. However, Sonnen won't have to worry about those sorts of troubling things when he battles Andre Galvao in the main event of Metatmoris 4 (watch video trailer here), which takes place at Petersen Automotive Museum (Second Floor) in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2014.
That's because Metamoris, the world's premier submission grappling league, has yet to define its official stance on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and because Galvao -- an ADCC Super Fight Champion (2013), ADCC world champion (2011) and World Cup gold medalist (2012) -- is the real test.
Metamoris Founder, Ralek Gracie, issued the following statement earlier this evening to address the situation head-on:
"We are not cutting Chael Sonnen from the Metamoris 4 card on August 9th. Why not? Because we don't currently test for PEDs 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 PEDs 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 regulation of PEDs 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 supplement 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."
This is what one might describe as Brazilian jiu-jitsu hubris. And, in this case, it's completely acceptable.