|Posted by SteveFicca on September 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM|
By Steve Ficca, The Mouth Of MMA Editor
August 7th at UFC 117, Chael Sonnen came within a round of shocking the world. After months of
trash talk, Sonnen looked to deliver on his words and defeat the UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Sonnen had done what no man had ever done in the UFC and seemed on his way to do the impossible. After four rounds of takedowns and vicious ground and pound, the champion was able to stop his assailant via triangle choke.
Having given such an impressive performance, Sonnen had been in line for an immediate rematch. According to Sherdog's Greg Savage however, this may soon change.
According to California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer George Dodd, Chael Sonnen has been notified that he failed post-fight drug screening following his loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 117, which was held Aug. 7 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
“[Sonnen] received his notice yesterday,” Dodd told Sherdog.com shortly after the Shane Mosley-Sergio Mora boxing match ended Saturday night in Los Angeles.
In a conversation the day before, Dodd declined to comment on the situation, other than answering that all fighters from UFC 117 had passed drugs-of-abuse scans, but that the commission was still waiting on performance-enhancing drug screens from the event.
Fans worldwide have been talking in anticipation of the rematch between Silva and Sonnen. If these allegations do indeed turn out to be true, not only might the world not get to see the rematch, but Sonnen's classic near-victory will forever be marred by conflict.