Jones Grateful For The Hate

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“All the greatest athletes, they have to deal with this adversity, and I’m embracing it and realizing that if I wasn’t working so hard and wasn’t in this position, no one would care, and no one would be talking. I find a way to be grateful for the hate and try to show my appreciation for the positivity.”

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Sonnen Announces Retirement

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“I want to take an opportunity to officially announcement my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts. I had a great time. I want to thank Roy Pittman. I want to thank Dave Sandal. I want to thank my coach Clayton Hires. These guys taught me how fight, they taught me how to persevere and they stood by me through thick and thin. I want to thank FOX, I want to thank the leadership of the UFC. I want to thank a man named Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind if you will. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he believed in me at a time when I really needed somebody too, and I owe the second wind of my career to him. I am proud to call him a friend. I also want to thank the most important opponent I’ve ever had. I couldn’t have got here without this dance partner, and that is of course you, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the memories, thank you for the invitation to the barbeque, even though I didn’t take you up on it.”

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Chael Sonnen Is Off UFC 175 Fight Card Due To Failed Drug Test

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Chael Sonnen’s career in the UFC might be over.

News leaked this afternoon that Sonnen is off the UFC 175 fight card after an unannounced May 23 drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission turned up positive for two banned substances.

Sonnen was a guest on “Jay Mohr Sports” on FOX Sports Radio today to explain his side of the story.

“They changed the ruling in Nevada. Earlier this year they did away with what’s known as TRT — Testosterone Replacement Therapy — in Nevada, and I was on that,” Sonnen explained. “So when they changed the rule, we all had to go through a transition phase. For me, for the transition, I had to take a couple of things: one is called clomiphene and the other is called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). So this is what we did. And I took my boards out of the water in the meantime, meaning I didn’t fight, I didn’t ask for a license. You had to wait to cross this bridge, if you will.

“In the interim, they did a test. I tested positive for these things, which I should have. I took them. They were in my system. That wasn’t a surprise. These aren’t anabolics, these aren’t steroids, these aren’t performance-enhancers. None of that stuff. But they have deemed that they are banned substances.”

The face of the UFC, Dana White, isn’t impressed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission or Sonnen.

“My reaction isn’t shock,” UFC President Dana White said on FOX Sports 1. “This has been lingering. This stuff was legal. TRT was legal, then the Nevada State Athletic Commission said it’s illegal now, it’s gotta go away, but there’s gonna be effects of stopping this thing cold turkey. It just doesn’t work that way.

“I wish that the commission never let anybody use TRT, and when it went away, they didn’t do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off of it. When you get off it, you don’t just go cold turkey. There’s things you’ve got to do. If you don’t take these estrogen blockers, they can get side effects from it. Chael Sonnen is at a point in his life, in his career, where he got married, he’s trying to have children. He was on medicine to get fertile and have a baby, and his wife is now pregnant so it worked. This is between Chael and the commission, but the rules should’ve been laid out better when they said ‘that’s it, it’s over.’”

Getting booted off the UFC 175 fight card isn’t great news for Sonnen’s career in the octagon or his media gig with Fox Sports.