REPORT: Chael Sonnen Did Not Have Emergency Colon Surgery Before UFC 167

December 19, 2013 8:48 am by Derek Langhorn

Contrary to what was reported earlier by TSN.CA, Chael Sonnen Did not have emergency colon surgery before his fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 167. The Executive Director of The Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, has the scoop.

“I checked with the UFC. They verified with Chael and his team that he did not have any surgery prior to the Rashad Evans fight,” Kizer said. “According to Chael, the interviewer asked him a question and Chael, coyly, didn’t answer him directly as the article clearly states, and the interviewer inferred that the answer to his question was in the affirmative.”

This makes quite a bit more sense, as competing directly after a colon surgery would likely be ill-advised by doctors and surgeons, and it is unlikely he would have been medically cleared to fight.


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