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Chael Sonnen’s Hearing With Nevada Commission Pushed Back

Embattled UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen is due to appear before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in order to determine his eligibility for re-licensing. According to a report on, Sonnen’s original hearing scheduled for the 27th of this month has been pushed back to mid-May.

According to the report, the delay comes from Sonnen’s federal probation officer, who apparently has denied him permission to enter the county due to a mandate to keep convicted felons out for the Laughlin River Run motorcycle rally that takes place that day. The rally has seen violence in the past, including a brawl at the 2002 rally that left three bikers dead.

Sonnen found himself in hot water with the NSAC following his improper disclosure of his usage of synthetic testosterone for hormone replacement therapy to the California State Athletic Commission prior to his UFC 117 bout against champ Anderson Silva. Though the two regulating bodies are unrelated, Sonnen indicated during the ordeal that NSAC director Keith Kizer had previously approved his use of the hormone, which Kizer disputed.

Though it was determined that Sonnen was not using the testosterone in a context that would illegally enhance his performance, the Oregonian was still fined and suspended for improperly disclosing his usage of the substance. He has served the entirety of his suspension and will now seek to re-obtain a fighter’s license as well as a second’s — or cornerman’s — license from the NSAC, possibly so that he may become eligible to coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Michael Bisping, as is heavily rumored.

In order to be licensed though, Sonnen must answer for the previous claims he made about Kizer. The NSAC executive director spoke with MMAJunkie and indicated that Sonnen’s re-licensing is far from a done deal as a result of making those claims and for maintaining inconsistencies in his story.

“His point was, ‘Well, you and I have never talked before right now, but I don’t think I lied,'” Kizer said. “Then he gave some very strange story and claimed, ‘My manager and you talked about therapeutic exemptions, and therefore, I just used the wrong word. I should have said ‘my’ instead of ‘I.’ As in ‘my manager’ instead of ‘I.’ I was very straight with him, saying, ‘That’s a ridiculous explanation.'”

Sonnen must receive a majority vote from the members of the NSAC in order to be allowed to fight and corner fights in the state of Nevada. It is widely known that a failure to obtain a license from Nevada — the fight capital of the world being Las Vegas — often precludes a fighter from obtaining a license from most other states.

Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.