Love him or hate him, it’s hard not to pay attention to Chael Sonnen.
The brash Oregonian has arguably become the most controversial fighter in all of mixed martial arts, both as a result of his outlandish trash talking and frequent out-of-the-cage troubles.
However, unless you pay attention to his Twitter account, Sonnen has been mostly silent as of late, serving out the time on an indefinite suspension handed down by the California State Athletic Consistent for what were deemed to be “inconsistent statements” that he made during a prior hearing in relation to his post-UFC 117 dust up, which was related to his improper disclosure of testosterone replacement therapy.
Sonnen’s indefinite suspension was to last until his current fighter’s license ran out, which it just recently did. Now, he is free to reapply for his license (though in the state of California he must reappear in front of the CSAC) and UFC president Dana White tells MMAFighting.com that it won’t be long again before fans start getting pre-fight soundbites from the outspoken middleweight.
“I think a lot of people want to see Chael Sonnen fight,” White told MMAFighting reporter Ariel Helwani. “I am sure he is ready to get back and start working again. He’s another guy who has made some bad choices and made some mistakes, he’s paid his dues and now he gets to come back and do things smarter this time.”
Sonnen last appeared in action at UFC 117 in August of 2010, losing to middleweight champ Anderson Silva via fifth round triangle choke.