Chael Sonnen knows a thing or two about PEDs. He’s been on therapeutic testosterone for the last few years, most famously being suspended from the sport after his 5 round war with Anderson Silva at UFC 117 for improperly making the athletic commision aware of his “therapeutic use” of the substance. Since his fight in August of 2010, the MMA world has received a crash course on testosterone, loopholes and the ugly world of PED use.
Now, Chael Sonnen has seen something. Being in the sport of fighting for as many years as Chael, he’s been around it all and he’s also a physical specimen with an eye for sports science. That’s why we raised an eyebrow and paid attention to what Mr. Sonnen had to say on Jim Rome’s Showtime talk show about Juan Manuel Marquez being on some sort of performance enhancing drug. Seems like Chael is a Manny fan?
“Pacquiao got hit by a guy who miraculously went through puberty a second time at 39 years old. He got hit by a guy that showed up with more power at 39 than he had in any of the previous fights. He had a 6 pack that he never had before. There’s two tests that you have, Jim. You’ve got the pee test, but you’ve also got the visual test. When you take your robe off and you get in the ring that’s your first test. And to act as if all of us didn’t go, ‘Something’s going on there.’ No, I haven’t said that (he’s on PEDs), but I sure came close, didn’t I?
I know that Freddy Roach did. I know Freddy Roach said, ‘If that body’s clean, I kiss your ass.’ But you gotta understand, all substances aren’t illegal. Did he take something? Sure, he did. Did he take something illegal?
Well, according to the test, no.I just know you don’t go through puberty twice and I’ll leave it at that.”