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UFC Quick Quote: Chael Sonnen 'won't defend himself' at NSAC disciplinary hearing, is 'definitely retired'

Chael Sonnen plans to take his Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) punishment like a man because it really means nothing.

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"I'm retired. But, there is a protocol that they have to go through, and they will have a hearing that I’ll show up for. I won’t defend myself, but I will have a conversation on the topic and on the record and we’ll do that in about a month.... I don’t think so. I hope not. I’m most definitely retired. As fighters, we tend to stay in the sport a little too long. It’s fun, it’s seductive and it’s all we know, but I’m done."

-- Chael Sonnen was upfront and honest about his recent failed drug test that required his inclusion at a Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) hearing earlier this week (watch full video replay here). Sonnen was slapped with a temporary suspension until a disciplinary hearing could determine whether or not "American Gangster" should be fined for not disclosing he was taking banned substances that were used, according to him, for fertility issues. Any lengthy suspension would seem senseless, considering that Sonnen announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) in the wake of the fiasco (read full story stream here) to focus on his growing family and broadcast career. Nonetheless, Sonnen explained on "UFC Tonight" earlier this evening that he will follow through with the process until its conclusion, attending the hearing to have a conversation about all the "confusion" that swallowed whole his ill-fated fight against Wanderlei Silva at UFC 175 next month. At this point, why the hell not?

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