Now that the hosting city and venue has been finalized for one of the most anticipated fights in MMA history, it looks like Chael Sonnen will finally get his second chance to challenge Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title. But while many problems have been overcome, these last few days may not be the final hurdles for Sonnen. One thing that has not been brought up is whether Chael will be able to get a therepeutic exemption for his TRT usage, something he’s stated he needs for a medical condition (hypogonadism) he was diagnosed with in 2008. BJPENN.COM was able to talk to the Executive Director of the NSAC, Keith Kizer, and when asked whether Sonnen would be able to get an exemption for TRT this summer, he stated, “That’s a different issue. Any athlete requesting a TUE would need to go through our process”.
The issue here is that Sonnen had perjured himself during a testimony to the CSAC (California State Athletic Commission) by stating that it was his understanding that he was approved for therapeutic exemption by the NSAC in 2008, and had even spoken directly to Kizer about his therapeutic exemption. Keith Kizer would later respond to these claims by stating he had “never talked to Chael Sonnen in his life”, refuting Sonnen’s story. Given Chael’s history with Keith Kizer and the NSAC, will his TUE process be the standard process for him, or does his case bear different circumstances? When BJPENN.COM specifically asked Keith Kizer, he simply stated “I don’t know”.
So will Chael Sonnen be able to use TRT for his return fight with Anderson Silva? It looks like he may have a few more hoops to jump through if hopes to get his exemption this July at UFC 148.Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news