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Chael Sonnen Sentenced To Fine And Probation

Embattled UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen was sentenced today to 24 months probation, a $10,000 fine, and forfeiture of his real estate license as the result of his Jan. 3 guilty plea by the U.S. District Court in Portland, OR.

Sonnen had plead guilty to money laundering in a federal mortgage fraud case. 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.

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 last month. The UFC has yet to announce Sonnen’s future with the organization after today’s hearing, however Sonnen appears ready to resume his fighting career with his legal woes behind him.