The heat just keeps piling up on embattled UFC middleweight fighter Chael Sonnen.
Following a highly publicized miscommunication with the California State Athletic Commission over his therapeutic usage of synthetic testosterone, Sonnen plead guilty in a federal money laundering case connected to real estate fraud. Those two instances cost him both his realtor’s and fighter’s licenses and, as MMAFighting.com recently learned, it will likely be some time before Sonnen can re-obtain the latter.
Sonnen recently reappeared in front of the CSAC in regards to inconsistencies made in his previous testimony and the sanctioning body voted to uphold the indefinite suspension they saddled on him. Ben Fowlkes of MMAFighting recently spoke with CSAC director George Dodd, who revealed that it will take a year from the date which Sonnen first appealed the suspension before he can reapply for his fighter’s license.
“One of our rules, in our Title IV [of the California Code of Regulations], stipulates that you have to wait one year after an appeal of your suspension or revocation of license,” said Dodd. “And since he appealed this [on May 18, 2011], it’s one year from the day of denial.”
Dodd explained that the CSAC will be looking to see whether or not Sonnen has truly paid his due and demonstrated through action that he has straightened up his behavior.
“[Sonnen] is going to have to show that he’s done something to promote the sport, promote goodwill,” he said. “He does a lot of good things already. He talks to kids and stuff like that about making right decisions. But he’s going to have to show that he’s making the right decisions as well. You can say it, but you have to make those decisions yourself.”
Sonnen last appeared in action on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117, where he battled UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva for five rounds before succumbing to a triangle choke in the final frame. His record stands at 25-11-1.