The UFC's original trash-talker is getting that itch for combat again. Chael Sonnen tested positive for a multitude of performance enhancement drugs in the lead-up to his fight with Wanderlei Silva and was suspended for two years.
But now "The Original Gangster" is thinking of returning to the UFC. Once a fighter, always a fighter.
Sonnen told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he is considering a return.
“I definitely have that itch,” Sonnen said. “I’m not acting like my return is some kind of breaking news. But I have to pass this first test. I’ve gotta pass it. If I pass that, I’ll pass all of them. But I have to know that everything is out.”
But he only wants to return on his own terms.
“I don’t want to be tested like everybody else. I want it to be on a curve. I’d like a curved system. Oh, you had seven things last time, this time you’ve only got three. That’s pretty good. That’s the kind of test I’m looking for. . . I took a bunch of stuff that you can’t take and I want to make sure [it’s out]. I thought that made sense. Like yeah, I don’t want to jump in this thing if it’s just all gonna blow up in my face.”
The UFC is still stinging from two high-profile drug test failures -- by Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar. Sonnen, a huge ratings and PPV draw, would create major mainstream media interest if he were to return, but the UFC can't really afford anymore big ticket PED failures.
Where there's a will, there's a way, and if there's a dollar to be made, look for Sonnen to figure out how to make a dramatic return to the UFC.
Sonnen holds a victory over UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and would certainly be in line for a title shot if he could put a couple of victories together. Despite his success as one of the UFC's most recognizable stars, he has never held UFC championship gold.
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