The California State Athletic Commission suspended UFC middleweight title contender

Chael Sonnen

for 1 year yesterday after revealing he tested positive for steroids following a loss to

Anderson Silva

last month in Oakland.

CSAC executive officer George Dodd said Sonnen's drug test revealed an abnormally high testosterone-to-estrogen level, an indicator of steroid use. A second test showed similar results.

The suspension casts a pall on memories of perhaps the UFC's most exciting fight of the year. Sonnen, an underdog, controlled the first four rounds of his fight against Silva, but lost to the long-reigning middleweight champion in the fifth round.


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Sport Stops

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