Chael Sonnen believes that the recent banning of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) by the Nevada Atheletic Commission could put a premature end to his career in MMA.
In the wake of the ban, many fighters on TRT have had to look for alternative ways of boosting testosterone. UFC middleweight contender Vitor Belfort opted to relinquish his title shot against Chris Weidman as a result of the ban, while fellow TRT user Dan Henderson will go into his next fight as the last fighter granted with an exemption to use the controversial treatment.
Appearing on UFC Tonight, Sonnen took time to speak up about the issue and explained that he could be forced out of the sport if his team were unable to implement an alternative method of increasing his testosterone levels.
“If this retires guys, then it retires guys. The rules are the rules, and the rules need to be followed,” said Sonnen.
“Personally, sorry to be long winded about this, but I'm going through this myself, where I've had to stop testosterone with the hope that we can find a new way to gain the results of upping testosterone to stay at a healthy level. If it doesn't work, I may have to stop the sport. And it's as simple as that."
Sonnen is penned to take on rival Wanderlei Silva in a light-heavyweight main event at UFC Fight Night Brazil on 31 May. The two are currently involved as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.