Rumours have been rife ever since Chael Sonnen retired from MMA that he would be returning following his suspension and now that USADA has tested Sonnen twice since July 2016, it looks like ‘The Bad Guy’ is returning.
If Sonnen was still retired, he would not be subject to random drug testing by USADA which means at the very least, Sonnen is thinking about making a comeback.
If a UFC fighter retires, they have to give the UFC and USADA four months notice if they wish to make a return so that USADA can randomly drug test the fighter leading up to the comeback.
Sonnen was scheduled to fight Wanderlei Silva at the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale following a coaching stint on the show however Silva pulled out of the fight with an injury and was replaced by Vitor Belfort.
However, Sonnen subsequently failed his random drug test and was removed from the bout. Following the controversy of his second failed drug test, Sonnen announced on the June 11, 2014, episode of UFC Tonight his retirement from MMA competition.
Sonnen currently has a record of 29 wins, 14 losses and 1 draw.