Ex-champ Chael Sonnen comments on UFC parting ways with USADA.



Ex-champ Chael Sonnen comments on UFC parting ways with USADA.

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Former UFC contender Chael Sonnen has chimed in on the UFC’s recent separation from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). USADA, a partner of the UFC for nearly a decade, played a vital role in upholding the sport’s integrity.

The news of this split came on October 11th when USADA’s CEO, Travis Tygart, disclosed the decision, citing an “untenable” situation. Starting in 2024, the UFC’s anti-doping program will be overseen by Drug Free Sport International.

Sonnen expressed his thoughts on the matter on his YouTube channel. He criticized Tygart, stating that the focus should be on maintaining a clean sport rather than seeking attention. Sonnen speculated on whether Tygart’s statement was part of negotiation tactics rather than genuine intentions to end the partnership.

What are your thoughts on Sonnen’s viewpoint? Do you believe it was time for the UFC to transition to a different anti-doping program after a nine-year partnership with USADA? Share your opinions in the comments.



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