Dana White breaks silence over Chael Sonnen steroid issue

UFC President, Dana White finally breaks his silence over former middleweight number one contender, Chael Sonnen failing a drugs test following his fight with Anderson Silva just last month, explaining he is disappointed but shit happens.

White, speaking at the UFC 119 pre-fight press conference, said:

“Here’s the thing you guys have got to understand. I’ve been in this business for 10 years. I’ve been in the fight business since I was 19. There’s a lot of stuff you guys don’t know. Every day, when my big toe hits the floor and I get out of bed, that shit happens. I have to deal with it. It’s no different than any other day. Am I disappointed? Yes, absolutely.”

“The big misconception is that Dana tells the athletic commission this and that. I don’t tell the athletic commission jack shit. The athletic commission could give a flying rat’s a*s what I think or what I have to say. They oversee me. They tell me what I’ve got to do. I have to sit back now and see what’s going to happen.”

“Every other sport has a commissioner. The NFL has a commissioner. When something goes wrong he comes in and says here’s what’s going to happen. The government tells my fighters what’s going to happen to them. Every time these guys step inside the Octagon and compete the government is overseeing this. They drug test them. They do all the medical testing. They do everything. They tell me what’s going to happen.”

“The government will come in. They’ll test these guys. You get yourself busted for taking whatever it was you were taking, marijuana, or some illegal substance. Here’s what I’m going to do (if I’m the commission). I’m going to take away your ability to work for a year. You can’t make a living for a year.”

“Then on top of that I’m going to make you pay a fine from this fight you were having. Most of these fighters—that money that they had from their fight—that’s already spent. I’m going to buy this and I’m going to do that. Plus, the tax on that money. They’re going to get taxed on that money and they have to pay that fine.”

“You don’t realize how devastating it is. They’ve already been punished. They’re down and out. What am I going to do? Go over and kick them in the face? What else is there to do? I’m going to fine you and suspend you for another three months? The government is the commissioner!”

“How long is the suspension? A year? A year is a long time to sit out. The landscape changes a lot in a year. Anderson Silva could be retired in a year. You don’t know what’s going to happen. This kid lost a huge opportunity.”

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