According to MMAFighting.com, embattled UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen will have to wait just a little while longer to find out what his future in the UFC will hold.
In January, Sonnen plead guilty to money laundering in a federal mortgage fraud case and was due for sentencing on March 28, this past Monday, but a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office told MMAFighting that Sonnen’s sentencing hearing has been moved now to April 8.
Sonnen’s implication and subsequent guilty plea in the real estate case came at the cost of his realtor’s license, a fine of $10,000 and eventually, the freezing of his UFC contract. His legal troubles came only a few months after Sonnen was punished by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing to properly disclose his use of synthetic testosterone for hormone replacement therapy. As a result of the tumult in his personal life, UFC president Dana White considered cutting Sonnen from the UFC’s roster, but eventually opted to freeze his contract instead, effectively shelving the controversial Oregonian until after his hearing — which is now scheduled for early April.
Sonnen last appeared in action in August at UFC 117, where he took the fight to middleweight champion Anderson Silva like no one had before, until the champion rallied and submitted him with a hail mary triangle choke in the last round.
His suspension from the NSAC ended this month.