Chael Sonnen handed down his penalty in laundering case, but it won’t mean a return to the octagon just yet
UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, has been placed on two years probation, fined $10,000 and also had his real estate license revoked as a result to his guilty plea on money laundering.
According to MMAJunkie.com, Dwight Holton, U. S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, stated “The conviction and sentence imposed in this case demonstrates that no one is above the law, Mortgage fraud caused a blight in our communities and threatened serious risks to our financial institutions. Real-estate professionals who commit mortgage fraud in this district will face consequences.”
Sonnen’s contract with the UFC was frozen when his legal troubles came to light and he was also suspended by the NSAC after testing positive for steroids following the fight with Anderson Silva.
The MMA rumour mill was buzzing recently with discussions of Sonnen possibly coaching on the next season of the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter” against Michael Bisping, but as MMAJunkie reported Sonnen’s troubles with the NSAC are far from over after executive director Keith Kizer made the following statements after a meeting held between all parties last week:
“I really did expect a much more constructive meeting out of that. But it just wasn’t there. I think Zuffa tried; I know we tried. I put the blame completely on Mr. Sonnen.”
Sonnen claimed he had spoken to Kizer about his use of testosterone prior to his fight with Nate Marquardt at UFC 109 and had received a verbal greenlight, yet Kizer denies ever having discussed the issue.
“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.’”
When asked about the possibility of Sonnen and Bisping applying to coach on The Ultimate Fighter he said:
“They’re the coaches, I guess a little bit better term is a mentor of these young fighters on the show. Which, of course, begs a lot of questions, I think, when you’re talking about Mr. Sonnen, and maybe Mr. Bisping.
“I usually just give that administratively to cornermen. But I will not do that for Mr. Sonnen.”