Where is Chael Sonnen?
The question continues to come up in most MMA topics and he still hasn't made an appearance since his positive test results. On September 19th of this year Sonnen was found of having PED's in his system against Anderson Silva at UFC 117.
Two tests were given, with both showing high testosterone levels in his system which is a big indicator of steroid use. Sonnen did appeal the results and his case will be heard on December 2nd where he will appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission. That's the background story on why Sonnen has been out of the media spotlight but the silence is quite deafening.
Sonnen had a good following well before his fight against Silva with his excellent wrestling skills to match. The verbals exchanges he had with Silva and previous opponents made him somebody to love to hate. He didn't shy away from any fight build up and always made sure he was well known whoever he fought and was expected to fight. The problem is Sonnen took his talking to a serious matter when he spoke about Lance Armstrong.
While being a guest on Pro MMA Radio Sonnen spoke about Armstong and how he developed cancer.
"He cheated, he did drugs, and he gave himself cancer. Well, instead of saying 'Hey listen, I cheated and gave myself cancer, don't be like me,' he actually made himself the victim and then went out and profited something like $15 million from this 'Hey, poor me, let's find a cure for cancer' campaign instead of just coming clean and saying, 'Look, here's what I did, I screwed myself up, and I hope people learn from my mistakes.'"
Of course there is no factual data to back up his claims of cancer developing through use of PED's and many people were surprised by those statements. After Sonnen was found positive of steroid use many wondered if he said those words about Lance Armstrong to deflect a possible positive test result in the later days if he knew himself he took those drugs.
Dana White has spoken about Sonnen , but says he is dealing with a lot more than people know about and he would make a statement soon. However, with almost a little under 2 months since the news broke, Sonnen still hasn't said anything regarding the tests or his future plans with The UFC.
The silence can be looked at two ways with one being that Sonnen is just treading water and will talk about the whole issue after his appeal hearing. That could be advice from his lawyers and could be the best case scenario.
It could also be looked at as he is hiding behind the results that are the truth and doesn't want to feel the backlash from the MMA community and others who once supported him. Many have said that Sonnen not giving any kind of statement is making himself look worse because he was always up front about everything and didn't hide behind a "curtain". The tough guy image was Chael Sonnen but with the steroids situation staring at him directly in the eyes it seems that has all but disappeared.
With Sonnen's impressive showing against Anderson Silva it really made headlines not only for Silva escaping with his title, but somebody finally was pushing Silva to his breaking point. The real problem is if Sonnen's appeal fails and he makes a general statement the fans will be up in arms.
He made a tough choice of not saying anything about the very delicate situation, but after December 2nd when the appeal will be heard and a decision will be reached what will he say then? With the mute button currently on does Sonnen continue to ignore pleas from fans or will he finally shed some light on his side of the story?
Sonnen has avoided everybody and anybody regarding this big story and many still wonder why the silence. Don't take anything away from the talent of Sonnen but when he doesn't defend himself to the public there has to be some doubt in many people's minds on what the real situation is. Only one person knows and he is currently missing in action.
There are two sides to every story but when only one story is heard and the other has yet to be told, it's kind of hard to defend the convicted. Test results don't lie but with Sonnen idle there is only way to look at it and really hard to defend a fighter who nearly captured the Middleweight Championship.