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Sometimes weird is a type of surprising. Sometimes MMA is weird. That makes it surprising, too.
Now, perhaps the fact that the likes of Chael Sonnen and Vitor Belfort were entangled in a PED scandal isn't surprising in itself, as they've long been two of the most known faces of testosterone use in MMA.
How the scandal played out, though? That was full of odd twists and turns right out of a Hitchcock movie.
With Sonnen ready to fight Wanderlei Silva as a conclusion to their season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, Silva was pulled from the bout after "literally [running] from a drug test"—his first fairly surprising contribution to all of this.
Then, Belfort chimed in with a willingness to fight Sonnen on a card that featured the replacement bout he'd been pulled from for failing a drug test. Obviously, that couldn't happen, even though it was booked and announced before the commission had taken its pound of flesh.
To top it all off? Sonnen was popped not once but twice for a cocktail of PEDs that caused him to outright retire from the sport instead of stick around to face commission punishment. Any incarnation of Sonnen vs. Silva vs. Belfort was then officially called off altogether, even after a brief push from Silva to replace Sonnen against Belfort, who was initially replacing him against Sonnen in the first place.
Got all that?
In terms of surprises, this saga probably could have accounted for this entire list if it had been broken down into its parts, but for the sake of the collective sanity of the readership, we'll lump it together.