Chael Sonnen Says 'I'm Not Sorry' for Performance-Enhancing Drug Test Failures

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst IOctober 15, 2014

Nov 15, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Chael Sonnen participates in the official weigh-in of UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Retired three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen is refusing to apologize for the two drug tests he failed this past summer that likely cut his MMA career short, saying he has nothing to be sorry for. 

In his new podcast titled "You're Welcome," Sonnen spoke in depth on his thought process before taking banned substances that made him fail two drug tests and subsequently get a two-year ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (transcription per MMA Fighting).

People were saying, 'Why won't he say he's sorry?' I'm not. I'm not going to apologize because I'm not sorry. I'm a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision ... I'm talking about, am I holding something in my possession and then a police officer sees me, am I allowed to have that? If the answer's yes, then I'm in. That was my test. If I could get this legal, if there's a legal medication, I'm taking it. I'm not cross-referencing it with the commission. 

Sonnen initially failed a random drug test for the anti-estrogenic drugs anastrozole and clomiphene in May, per ESPN, which removed him from a potential middleweight title eliminator bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 175. 

Things went from bad to worse for The American Gangster after a second drug test revealed he tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) and recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), per MMA Fighting.

The second drug test failure came just days after Sonnen had announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts. 

Sonnen competed against multiple-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion Andre Galvao at Metamoris 4 in August in a no-gi grappling match, losing the bout via a rear-naked choke after about eight minutes of action. 

Additionally, Sonnen called his first MMA event cageside with the help of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross earlier this month. 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.