If Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), or more specifically, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), is Chael Sonnen’s planned defense as rumored for his upcoming hearing with the CSAC on Dec. 2, he may want to come up with a new defense. The MMAFA spoke with CSAC executive director George Dodd about Sonnen’s rumored defense, and let’s just say he poked a few holes in it.
For one, if a fighter is undergoing TRT, he must have it approved by the commission, and contrary to what UFC.com writer Oliver Copp stated, Dodd hasn’t seen any documentation granting Sonnen approval for TRT when he fought Yushin Okami at UFC 104 in Los Angeles, let alone for the fight in question. Dodd also confirmed that Sonnen wasn’t drug tested for the Okami fight. Furthermore, even if the CSAC had granted Sonnen approval for the Silva fight, he still would have had to test within the “normal” range, which Sonnen didn’t.
“When anybody is on any type of medication or anything like that they are required to provide physical documentation prior to us allowing them to compete here. That goes for any athlete that’s on any medication that could result in a positive toxicology test revealing abuse. Our people review it and if there is any alternative benefit then that question will also get asked. But, from what I understand, even if you’re on testosterone therapy you would not have elevated testosterone.”
Dodd confirmed that TRT is allowed by the CSAC but a fighter has to test within a particular, ‘normal’ testosterone range.
“And it has to be approved. Let me remind you again: we have to clear it. We need to get necessary documentation from a physician saying why you’re on this medication, ‘these are the treatments that we’ve attempted and it hasn’t worked or it has.’ Then we forward that information to our ring-side physician for review. If our physician agrees with their doctor then as long as they don’t test outside of a particular range they are fine.”
Sonnen did not test inside that ‘normal’ range.
Of course, this all assumes HRT or TRT is even Sonnen’s defense. That has yet to be confirmed by Sonnen or his representatives. His camp still refuses to comment on the matter, and says everyone will have to wait until Dec. 2 to hear their side of the story. The good news is that’s next week, so we won’t have to wait much longer.