Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White said both the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and former middleweight contender Chael Sonnen are at fault over the drug testing fiasco that led to Sonnen’s sudden departure from mixed martial arts.
In an interview on FOX Sports 1, White said the NSAC could have done a better job in enforcing the ban on the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
"I think the Nevada State Athletic Commission could've laid it out better for how they were going to end this thing, what would be banned and what wouldn't be banned for the guys coming down off it,” said White.
"I wish that the commission never let anybody use TRT, and when it went away, they didn't do a very good job of figuring out how to get these guys off of it. When you get off it, you don't just go cold turkey. There's things you've got to do. If you don't take these estrogen blockers, they can get side effects from it,” he explained.
White added that Sonnen also committed a mistake by failing to clarify to the commission the substances he needed to take.
"It's Chael fault too because Chael should've called the athletic commission and said, ‘this is what my doctor told me I need to do to come down off this stuff, so here's what I'm taking.' He absolutely should've done that," said White.
It was revealed earlier this week that Sonnen had failed a random drug test for anastrozole and clomiphene, and was removed from the UFC 175 fight card where he was supposed to fight Vitor Belfort.
But Sonnen reasoned out that he took the substances to avoid side effects of getting off TRT. The fighter added that he also used the drugs for fertility reasons.
He later announced that he is retiring from MMA.