Tomorrow is the day Chael Sonnen finally breaks his silence on his positive drug test stemming from his championship fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117. There are still more questions than answers, however the CSAC has released a 100+ page agenda (.pdf) for tomorrow’s meeting and there a few new tidbits to share.
For one, the form where Sonnen marked down that he took testosterone before the fight can be seen above. It clearly states that Sonnen took “1 shot” of testosterone on August 5, two days before he fought Anderson Silva.
The other noteworthy tidbit was Sonnen’s T/E ratio that triggered the positive test. According to the documents, Sonnen’s T/E was over four times the 4.0 threshold.
On Sept. 2, the lab informed the CSAC that Sonnen’s testosterone to epitestosterone ratio (T/E) tested at 16.9. Though testosterone is naturally occurring in the human body, that number is well above the T/E threshold ratio of 4.0. A follow-up carbon isotope analysis was conducted on Sept. 7, with the finding that the test results were consistent with the administration of a steroid. The lab subsequently sent the CSAC 66 pages of documentation with the intent of scientifically supporting their findings, establishing chain of custody of the specimen and proving the sample’s integrity was maintained throughout the process.
As covered before, even if Sonnen was undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (as rumored) and it was approved by the CSAC (it wasn’t), Sonnen’s ratio would still have to come in under the 4.0 threshold (which it obviously didn’t).
It’s still unclear if that’s the defense Sonnen is going with, but one thing is certain, it won’t be his attorney’s first rodeo. Sonnen is being repped by Howard Jacobs, the same attorney that represented Sean Sherk and Antonio Silva, among others, in their steroid appeal hearings with the CSAC. Whether that’s a good thing or not though remains to be seen. Jacobs wasn’t successful in getting either Sherk or Silva off the hook. He managed to get Sherk’s suspension reduced by six months, but not Silva’s.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow, but right now it isn’t looking too good for Sonnen. Unless Mr. Jacobs has an clear and convincing explanation for the highly elevated T/E ratio, I’m not seeing how Sonnen gets out of this with anything more than a reduced suspension.
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