UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s woes continue, as MMAWeekly today learned that he has been placed back on suspension by the California State Athletic Commission.
Sonnen served a six-month suspension handed down by the CSAC for his improper disclosure of his usage of synthetic testosterone for testosterone replacement therapy. Shortly thereafter, Sonnen pled guilty in a federal money laundering case connected to mortgage fraud — he was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, two years of probation and was stripped of his real estate license.
Most recently, Sonnen found himself in hot water with the Nevada State Athletic Commission for inconsistent statements he made regarding NSAC executive director Keith Kizer. His plans to appear in front of the NSAC to reapply for his fight license have been interrupted by this most current suspension, which the NSAC have decided to uphold; Sonnen must now appeal his suspension from the CSAC before he can move forward with anything else.
CSAC executive director George Dodd recently spoke with MMAWeekly.com about Sonnen’s newest suspension.
“Chael completed his suspension for the athletic commission just recently, so he still had time on his license here in California, and what we did, we put him on a California State Administrative Suspension for the remainder of his license, until he appeared before the commission,” said Dodd. “We sent Chael a letter and he’s requested to appear in front of the commission to appeal his suspension. Currently, we have the date of May 18 for next week for his appeal of his current suspension.”
Dodd briefly explained the reasoning behind Sonnen’s re-suspension: “It’s based off two things. One, his pleading guilty to his felony conviction up in Oregon, as well as possibly providing false testimony during his hearing back in December.”
Sonnen last appeared in action at UFC 117 last August, where he lost via fifth round submission to middleweight champion Anderson Silva.