Chael Sonnen fired from FOX Sports and UFC broadcasting positions

Elias Cepeda
Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen's FOX and UFC broadcasting contracts have been terminated. (Getty)

After it was revealed that UFC fighter Chael Sonnen failed a random drug test administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on May 24, the three-time title challenger retired. And now, after it was announced that he failed a second random test given by the NAC on June 5, the UFC and FOX Sports organizations have fired him from his broadcast positions.

FOX and the UFC released a joint statement late Monday night announcing that the UFC Tonight co-host was terminated.

"The UFC and FOX Sports organizations announced today the termination of their respective broadcasting services agreements with analyst Chael Sonnen. This decision comes in light of Sonnen failing a second test conducted by the Nevada Athletic Commission for banned substances in June. Sonnen was previously under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing an initial test conducted in May."

Sonnen has failed three drug tests in his MMA career. The first came after his 2010 title fight against Anderson Silva in Oakland.

After that failed test, Sonnen was suspended by the California athletic commission but then made what turned out to be false claims at his hearing in order to succesfully have his suspension reduced. The California commission would later suspend him a second time on suspicion of perjury.

Since testing positive for multiple long-banned substances in the two random drug tests he's been subjected to this year, Sonnen has continued his pattern of using misleading and false statements in order to deflect blame from himself. Sonnen has not yet released a statement about his broadcast contract termination.

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