Metamoris VI’s Chael Sonnen: ‘Steroids are very antiquated’

MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with Metamoris 6 open weight participant Chael Sonnen as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event grappling match against Renato “Babalu” Sobral next weekend (May 9, 2015) in Los Angeles.

The former three-time UFC title challenger made his Metamoris debut against Andre Galvao, losing via submission last year, but he’s most commonly known for his positive tests for performance enhancing drugs. When asked, Sonnen offered his opinion on the current state of PEDs and steroids in the world of combat sports:

“Steroids still do exist. Anderson [Silva’s] in the hot seat for them and I think Hector [Lombard] just got in a jam over steroids but for the most part, steroids are very antiquated. They really aren’t around anymore. They’ve switched the dialogue off off steroids to performance enhancing drugs. Now that’s a bit of a problem because “performance” and “enhancing” are good terms. Those are positive terms. All that means is medicine. Medicine must make you better, otherwise it’s malpractice, so it gets a little bit confusing when you start telling a guy that he can’t take any kind of a substance and the things on the list are bizarre. Some of them aren’t drugs of any kind. Advil would get you thrown out. That happened in the Olympic games. They took away the gymnastics gold medal because of a billionth of a trace of IB Profin, street name Advil. Coffee. If you have more than two cups of coffee in a 15 minute period, your caffeine levels are too high. There needs to be a little bit of a discussion on that. I failed every test in the world. The headlines can say whatever they said. I’ve never taken a steroid. I’ve never been offered a steroid. However, I took a number of things that were performance enhancing. In fact, I wouldn’t take anything unless I knew it was going to help my performance. That’s what I was looking for, but the dialogue changed.”

Written by Frank Trigg

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