Chael Sonnen’s woes continue, as MMAJunkie.com is reporting that the former top middleweight contender’s suspension has been upheld by the California State Athletic Commission.
The Commission ruled today, with the motion passing with a vote of 4-1. They cited Sonnen’s recent federal money-laundering conviction as well as his dubious testimony stemming from his positive result from his UFC 117 drug screen as the reasons for upholding the suspension. Sonnen will not be able to reapply for a license until June 29, 2012, however can once again appear before the CSAC if he chooses to do so.
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.
CSAC executive director George Dodd recently spoke with MMAWeekly.com and explained the reasoning behind Sonnen’s re-suspension, noting, “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.
Thanks to Mark Wayne for contributing to this article.