Chael Sonnen once said, after failing a drug test, that he would die without using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Sonnen was suspended but eventually given a therapeutic use exemption to receive TRT.
Now that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has decided to stop giving exemptions for the use of TRT in any cases, fighters like Sonnen and Vitor Belfort - who also once failed a NSAC administered post-fight drug test - have some decisions to make. Belfort pulled out of a title fight because he wouldn't be able to use TRT and his representatives have said that he is working with doctors to see how he can adjust to life without TRT and fight again.
Belfort had, as recently as last fall, said that it would be "no problem" for him to compete without TRT. It is a problem after all, for Belfort.
As for Sonnen, he was recently asked what the future held for him on his UFC Tonight show. Currently, he is set to face rival Wanderlei Silva (who has already spoken at length about Sonnen's TRT use) in the spring.
However, Sonnen admitted that, without TRT, he may never actually fight again. "There's a lot of moving parts. I don't have all the answers," Sonnen said.
"The bottom line is testosterone is out. Now, as it relates to Vitor, I think this was a very genuine and sincere thing for him. Here's the problem that I have: a fighter that said seven days ago, ‘I need TRT or I can't do this,' and then all of a sudden goes, ‘Well, I'll just stop TRT.' I find that very disingenuous. "I am potentially in that same field. If this retires guys, then it retires guys. The rules are the rules, and the rules need to be followed. Personally, sorry to be long winded about this, but I'm going through this myself, where I've had to stop testosterone with the hope that we can find a new way to gain the results of upping testosterone to stay at a healthy level. If it doesn't work, I may have to stop the sport. And it's as simple as that."
Silva, always eager to trash Sonnen after all of the racist things "The American Gangster" has said about Brazil and Brazilian fighters over the years, said that Sonnen should be allowed to use whatever he wants leading into their scheduled bout, as far as he is concerned.
"Sonnen can use whatever he wants. If you want to use TRT, use TNT," Wand said in a recent interview.
"I'll beat him anyway."