With last nights lopsided loss, B.J. Penn now makes official and final his retirement from MMA. It was hard to watch the two division title holder get his tail kicked in such a one sided fashion no matter if you are new or have been around the MMA scene for a long time.
It’s been a painful season for old school MMA fans as of late. Since 2010 we’ve seen the retirement of Randy Couture, Matt Hughes, Fedor Emelianenko, Chuck Liddell, Georges St. Pierre, Chris Leben, Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonner, and now B.J. Penn. If that’s not bad enough, legends Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Shogun Rua, Dan Henderson, the Noguiera Brothers, and Quinton Jackson are all either about to retire, or are pathetic shells of their former selves that NEED to retire from the sport.
It’s that old road that never ends friends, in that MMA is truly a young man’s game, and we that have been watching since 1993, are no longer young. Chris Weidman, Jon Jones, Cain Valesquez, and Rhonda Rousey, these are the rulers of today and they barely garner half the attention that the former legends garnered just a few years ago. Pay-per-view numbers for UFC event’s are reverting back to the pre-Chuck Liddell championship years, and pre-Brock Lesnar years. Right now the biggest stars to date are Jon Jones, and Rhonda Rousey, neither of them able to crack the 500,000 pay-per-view buy-rate on their own. Without legends like Pierre, A. Silva, and even loudmouth huckster Chael Sonnen on board, it’s looking bleak and grim for MMA this year.
These are just one fan’s opinions and thoughts on his favorite sport right now. I guess I feel empty with the dropping of Penn from the roster. My favorite fighters are all going away, and while the new champs are dominant, they are missing the spark of the old guard that makes a guy want to drop $60 on a fight card. Anyone else out there share the sentiments, or are you guys and gals all on board for the next generation? Sound off.
Following his second failed drug test in under three years, albeit this time under different circumstances, Chael P. Sonnen has decided that at age 37 it’s time to retire. The announcement was made on Fox this evening and essentially Chael is done with the sport after stints in WEC, Bodog Fights, Pancrase, and most notedly the UFC. Chael retires as one of the best paid fighters in the UFC, and with a record of 28-14-1 and on a loss to Rashad Evans in November 2013.
With this news, we now learn that Vitor Belfort has been pulled from the UFC 175 card as well due to not being able to get a new
Chael Sonnen in his own words announcing retirement:
I want to take an opportunity to officially announcement my retirement from competitive mixed martial arts. I had a great time. I want to thank Roy Pittman. I want to thank Dave Sandal. I want to thank my coach Clayton Hires. These guys taught me how fight, they taught me how to persevere and they stood by me through thick and thin.
I want to thank FOX, I want to thank the leadership of the UFC. I want to thank a man named Bill Brady, who gave me a second wind if you will. He’s a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and he believed in me at a time when I really needed somebody too, and I owe the second wind of my career to him. I am proud to call him a friend. I also want to thank the most important opponent I’ve ever had. I couldn’t have got here without this dance partner, and that is of course you, Anderson Silva. Thank you for the opportunity. Thank you for the memories, thank you for the invitation to the barbeque, even though I didn’t take you up on it.
That’s right folks, just breaking, loudmouth hypocrite felon Chael Sonnen who lambasted Wanderlei Silva less than two weeks ago for skipping out on a random drug test, (according to Chael) for their fight has now been pulled from the UFC 175 card himself for none other than FAILING his test.
Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole, a non-steroidal aromatase-inhibiting drug used to treat breast cancer, and clomiphene, which is used to treat female infertility. The NSAC will probably suspend Sonnen from nine months to a year depending on his arrogant and convincing excuses given.
Sonnen recently halted his use of testosterone-replacement therapy following the NSAC’s recent ban of the controversial hormone therapy.
According to the UFC, Sonnen is expected to address the failed test today.
“UFC officials acknowledge irregularities in a recent random test,” the statement read. “Chael is planning on addressing the matter this afternoon.”
So now we can assume from the use of those types of hormones that Chael is obviously attempting to give himself a sex change. Go Chael.
On a side note guys and gals, I think we should just let these two, (Wand and Sonnen) fight in Japan under ONE FC rules and drug testing standards.
UPDATE: Chael explains his failed test (video below)