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Chael Sonnen UFC Drug Test Suspension Cut to Six Months

Chael SonnenThe California State Athletic Commission reduced Chael Sonnen’s drug test suspension from one year to six months  after hearing an appeal from the UFC middleweight contender on Thursday.

Sonnen tested positive for testosterone following his UFC 117 loss to middleweight champ Anderson Silva in August, but said Thursday that he believed he was cleared to undergo testosterone replacement therapy, which he has supposedly undergone since 2008 for low natural testosterone levels.

Using a host of documents and testimony from Sonnen and his doctor, Sonnen’s legal team argued that the drug test showed elevated levels of synthetic testosterone consistent with his treatment, but that his overall testosterone levels were still considered normal.

After a vote to uphold Sonnen’s original one-year suspension failed, the CSAC voted to reduce the suspension to six months, making Sonnen eligible to return in March, while keeping his $2,500 fine.

The meeting also included Josh Barnett’s attempt to have his license reinstated from a positive steroid test last year, but the heavyweight will have to appear again at the CSAC’s next meeting after a lack of communication left him unprepared without his legal team.

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