However, both situations could soon be turned upside-down thanks to Nevada's attorney general, who filed a formal complaint against the recently-retired mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the wake of his two failed drug tests that detected four banned substances in his system.
To the tune of $250,000, which would serve as the maximum fine amount, in addition to all costs associated with the situation such as attorney's fees, laboratory testing and other "investigative" expenses. In addition, Sonnen would be required to provide a negative urine test prior to applying for a fight license in the future.
Sonnen was sent the letter on June 26, 2014, and has 20 days to respond to the complaint (read it in full here). According to MMAJunkie.com, Sonnen responded to his first Testosterone Replacement Therapay (TRT)-related drug test failure, but did not do the same when performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were detected in his bloodwork.
This ain't over yet ... far from it.